Tore Tanzt (Nothing Bad Can Happen) review.
This is a film that deals with faith, friendship and abuse. It’s a true horror film that provides many different emotions throughout; that’s one of the things I really enjoyed about this film.
Before I get into it, here’s a little fun fact for you. This is the first female (Katrin Gebbe) directed film to enter the Drafthouse catalog.
It’s a German film that’s based on a true story, which after watching is a bit unsettling to think about. The story follows a Christian punk, Tore, who follows a religious group called, The Jesus Freaks. Julius Feldmeier, who plays Tore is an unepected pleasure to watch on the screen. I didn’t know what to expect since this is thing I’ve seen him in. He’s 100% believable, and definitely deserves some recognition for his work in this film. I can’t wait to [hopefully] see him in future projects. Tore lives many other “Freaks”, and is relying on religious faith to determine his future. He helps a family fix their car, and begins a friendship with the family’s father, Benno. Benno (Sascha Alexander Gersak) then takes Tore into his own home, and let’s him move in to a tent onto the property. Bad things begin to happen, Tore’s religious faith is tested, and the struggles begin.
If you’re into true crime/horror, this is something for you. Everything about this film is exceptional, the cinematography, acting, editing etc. Director Katrin Gebbe pushes the boundaries between religion and abuse, and creates a beautiful film. Time to get into spoilers, so please don’t read ahead if you haven’t seen it yet. It makes the whole experience better not knowing what’s going to happen! But if you’ve seen the film, I would love to discuss what made me like it so much. It’s hard to do that without any spoilers.
- The Story
There’s not much about this film on the internet, which is a bummer because I want more people to see it. But then again, it could be a good thing so people can just stumble upon it like I did. Something that stuck out immediately was the story. I’m a big fan of true crime, and realistic horror. This for sure fits into that category. I originally thought this was about something entirely different, but was suer happy with how it turned out. We follow “Jesus Freak” Tore, as he’s learning the ways of his religious belief. It’s compelling to me, because the “Freaks” are also punks, which is kind of ironic. When Tore begins the stay with Benno’s family, he begins to learn that Benno is abusive. There are signs that Benno sexually abuses his daughter, and wife. The wife also shows signs of being abusive, which to me was scarier. For some reason, Tore takes this abuse, and continues to suffer through it. He believes he’s being tested by the lord. This eventually leads to Tore’s unfortunate death. The pacing was on-point, and you really feel bad for Tore, and everyone involved in these horrible acts. Even though it’s a sad and depressing film, it was beautiful story telling and kept me engaged throughout.
2. The Acting
I know I mentioned this earlier on, but I can’t rave enough about the cast. Everyone felt authentic, like they actually lived these lives. That’s something that makes a good film. Overall I was very impressed, and will be looking for more projects starring them.
3. The Cinematography
I’m a big fan of that “indie” film look. It’s mostly because of budgetary reasons, or even just a stylistic approach. The handheld feel made it seem realistic, and that I was actually watching something that was true.
I could go on and on, but I’ll just leave it up to you to watch the film for yourself! I would love to hear what your opinions and thoughts are on this film. It instantly became one of my favorite German films I’ve seen, and will be re-visiting it for a second time.
Director Katrin Gebbe
Where you can watch: Shudder.