Dominik Graf – Dreileben – Komm mir nicht nach AKA Don’t Follow Me Around (2011)


In the trilogy’s second chapter, Jo (Jeanette Hain), a big-city police psychologist, arrives in Dreileben to aid in the ongoing investigation, whereupon she finds herself greeted cooly by the local authorities but welcomed with open arms by Vera (Susanne Wolff), a college friend who lives nearby with her husband, a pretentious author. As the girlfriends reminisce about bygone days and discover they were both once in love with the same man, director Dominik Graf deftly juxtaposes their personal drama against the search for a killer, a police corruption scandal, and a possible case of interspecies transmutation—all underlining the trilogy’s recurring themes of false appearances and deeply hidden truths. Continue reading

Dominik Graf – Die reichen Leichen. Ein Starnbergkrimi (2014)


German plot description:

Polizeimeisteranwärterin Ariane Fink aus Dortmund verschlägt es ausgerechnet nach Starnberg: gesichtsloses Städtchen, Wahnsinnssee. Höchste Millionärsdichte Bayerns. Eine Idylle mit Reißzähnen.

Und eben hier wird Ariane gleich an ihrem ersten Arbeitstag mit dem bayerischsten aller Klischees konfrontiert: Der tote Kini, oder besser gesagt, ein Wiedergänger von ihm, liegt am Ufer des Starnberger Sees, und zwar genau da, wo Ludwig II. 1886 ins Wasser ging. Continue reading

Dominik Graf – Die Katze AKA The Cat (1988)


Bank robbery movie from Germany is hailed by some as the best of the genre.

The basic plot is simple, two guys rob a bank, however it quickly turns into something much more complicated as the police show up and the real brains behind the robbery proves to be outside the bank controlling events.

The film begins and I was struck by the sense that this was going to be a piece of Euro-sleaze, however it wasn’t long before the film had grabbed me and pulled me into its web of tension. You’re never really sure where this thing is going or what the ultimate plan or outcome is going to be. Its nice to see a movie that completely surprises you from start to finish. Continue reading

Dominik Graf – Der Felsen AKA A Map Of The Heart (2002)


Things could hardly turn out worse for Katrin. In Corsica, her boss and lover of many years tells her that his wife is pregnant. In one abrupt instant, all hopes for a life together are dashed. Her plans for her future unraveled, her heart broken, Katrin breaks up with him. But all her attempts to start a new life simply toss her deeper into a maelstrom of aimlessness and pain.

She then happens to meet Malte, an adventure-hungry young man who lives on the edge and strictly for the moment. He overwhelms her with the honesty and clarity of his feelings – and suddenly, from one minute to the next, her life becomes a dangerous tightrope walk. Continue reading

Dominik Graf – Die Freunde der Freunde aka The Friend of Friends (2002)


stefflbw wrote:
Set in the boarding school milieu, the film depicts the meeting of shy Gregor and mysterious Billie. Billie has a son, her husband is in jail. Arthur, Gregor’s friend, is a serial Lothario, forever unfaithful to his girlfriend Pia. Both Arthur and Billie have had a similar mystical experience related to someone’s death. While Gregor believes that an elective affinity between two people preordains their lives, Arthur does not even subscribe to romantic feelings between the sexes.
Arthur is a failure at school and becomes mixed up with criminal elements, Gregor goes on to attend university, and remains in pursuit of Billie who passes in and out of his life on several occasions. Continue reading