In German-Austrian comedy COLD FEET (de. Kalte Füße) A small-time crook meets a stroke patient and is mistaken for, of all people, his carer. The result is a charming love story hidden under a lot of unnecessary fluff. We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
Due to a strange mix-up, the petty criminal Denis (Emilio Sakraya) suddenly finds himself in the position of nurse for the stroke patient Raimund (Heiner Lauterbauch). He just wanted to break into his villa to finally pay off his debts to some unpleasant crooks. Instead, he is now stuck in the stately home of the rich entrepreneur, who has been unable to speak since the attack and is confined to a wheelchair. When Raimund’s granddaughter Charlotte (Sonja Gerhardt) shows up, it finally becomes too much for Denis. But escape is out of the question, a huge snowstorm is raging in the region. And so, for better or worse, he has to play the role of the nurse – much to Raimund’s displeasure, who defends himself against the intruder with all means possible. Because in contrast to Charlotte, Raimund immediately saw through the crook Denis. A cat-and-mouse game begins in which the robust senior and the clever junior put their resources to great use…
Movie explanation of the ending
Stories in which opposites collide are not only as old as storytelling itself, but have also been particularly successful in recent years. The “Fack ju Göhte” series, in which a criminal is forced into the honorable profession of teaching, is one of the most successful German film franchises of all time, but “Pretty Best Friends” – a clash between rich and poor – has also become popular a gigantic cinema success. Because regardless of whether it’s man and woman, different ethnicities or the upper class colliding with the lower class: with a little tact, exciting stories can be spun from the contrasts that emerge here. At the same time, a lot has already been told through this tried and tested motif; To continue to spice things up requires the courage to change worn-out clichés. Director Wolfgang Groos succeeds in this (“Lilli the witch saves Christmas”) and screenwriter Christian Ritter (“Magda will do it”) limited. Ultimately, you already know from the beginning of your comedy “Cold Feet” how it will turn out in the end. But that alone isn’t the biggest problem with the charmingly presented love story. Rather, the insertions of silly slapstick are irritating, which one might expect in a comedy by the Farrelly brothers (or, alternatively, in a Til Schweiger film), but certainly not in a film that is so appealing at times primarily because of its harmlessness.
Charlotte (Sonja Gerhardt) and Denis (Emilio Sakraya) become friends out of necessity…
The basic idea is inevitably reminiscent of the “Fuck ju Göhte” already mentioned at the beginning: In the hope of prey, a small-time crook maneuvers himself into an employment position against his will, only this time not as a teacher, but as a nurse for a grumpy stroke patient. You have to swallow this high-concept premise, no matter how constructed it is – and despite the crazy basic idea, “Cold Feet” works surprisingly well, especially in the early stages, as “Bibi and Tina” beau Emilio Sakraya is hopelessly dealing with the situation overwhelmed Denis with a lot of chutzpah and still embodies charm. You simply don’t feel like Sakraya’s character is stuck in this situation – and in his script, Christian Ritter manages to string together the many coincidences that lead to Denis being mistaken for the nurse in the first place in a charming way, so that there aren’t that many has to turn a blind eye to everyone involved in order to buy their positions within the film. What’s more: Raimund, who was previously introduced as absolutely cold-hearted, is even granted this situation and his limited mobility; and you can do that too. “Cold Feet” is never a drama of concern, but rather a comedy that also uses caricatures, in which the stroke has no dramaturgical value, but is merely a side note to get the action going.
This lays the foundation for the clash on several levels: it’s not just a poor criminal being confronted with a rich slob, but also an actually good-hearted guy with someone whose heart seems to have been frozen for a long time. At the same time, the clash itself is not the central theme in “Cold Feet”. Instead, Sonja Gerhardt concentrates when she shows up (“sanctuaries”) As Raimund’s granddaughter Charlotte, everything focuses on the chemistry between her and Denis – and thanks to Sakraya and Gerhardt’s interaction, it is believable at all times. I like how sparks gradually fly here and what was initially authentic skepticism eventually turns into sincere affection. And also that of Heiner Lauterbach (“Welcome to the Hartmanns”) Raimund, who is embodied in a really beautifully caustic way, always gets the opportunity for big scenes; and this despite his limited mobility, which means that Lauterbach’s play is limited to facial expressions. In addition, the script is peppered with some nice dialogues and punchlines, most of which are his credit. Even though the goal, which is both predictable and completely lacking in plausibility, isn’t necessarily convincing, the way there is still largely charming – at least until the makers decide that a harmless romantic comedy isn’t enough.
Heiner Lauterbach impresses in a role that is very physically limited.
Whenever Wolfgang Groos simply lets his ensemble play naturally, “Cold Feet” is at its best. But instead of relying on that, the makers come up with gags that are much too crude, which not only completely destroy the otherwise pleasantly harmonious tone, but are also so annoying because they could be deleted without replacement. without it having any impact on the story. For example, Denis’s penis gets stuck to the window sill in a close-up when he pees out the window; This is nothing more than pubescent slapstick, but it would still be somewhat bearable if it didn’t drag on and on. Because the urine not only runs down the roof and freezes into an icicle, Charlotte also breaks it off a little later to suck on it and comment positively on the taste. So much infantility (explained in this one example) is not good for “Cold Feet”. In the otherwise calm environment, such missteps have a particularly negative impact. And the over-the-top showdown, in which you can see why it has to be in the context of the already heavily constructed premise, the emotions have to give way to the big noise once again. It’s a shame about the wasted potential.
Conclusion: The strongly acted “Cold Feet” is actually a charming, cheeky RomCom, but the film lacks a lot of charm due to crude puberty jokes.
“Cold Feet” can be seen in USA cinemas from January 10th.