After his box office success “Welcome to the Hartmanns”, director and author Simon Verhoeven follows up with the romantic crime comedy NIGHTLIFE about Berlin’s nightlife, in which he brings together the popular USA actors Elyas M’Barek, Frederick Lau and Palina Rojinski for an almost blind date that gets out of hand. We reveal more about this in our review.
… suddenly events come to a head.
The plot summary
Milo (Elyas M’Barek) and Renzo (Frederick Lau) have been best friends for many years. Their shared passion: Berlin’s nightlife, where Milo waits and Renzo spends most of his time partying. But this crazy life should now be over: the two buddies dream of having their own bar and are trying to find the necessary loan for it. But it’s not that easy, because Renzo has a previous conviction for a “harmless” drug offense. When their bank advisor denies them a loan, the two throw themselves into the nightlife once again. Here Milo unexpectedly meets Sunny (Palina Rojinski), who is about to go on a long stay abroad. By a strange coincidence, both of them are wearing eye patches that evening – so it must be fate, so the two decide to take a chance and go on a date. But as excited as Milo is the next day, his plans suddenly become uncertain because Renzo has once again messed with the wrong people. So he and Milo suddenly find themselves on an adventurous chase through Berlin. Milo actually just wants to get to know Sunny properly…
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The synopsis of “Nightlife” reads in its detail almost like a complete summary of the film, although we actually just want to do Simon Verhoeven’s new directorial work a favor by giving away as many rough story details from the first 40 minutes as possible so that the viewer doesn’t – like later in the film Milo and Renzo – thrown into the deep end. It’s quite a mess of storylines as well as main and supporting characters that the “Welcome to the Hartmanns” director and author (once again) brings up here, because anyone who has seen Verhoeven’s last films knows: Just do it The Munich native never expresses himself in his comedies. In his “Men’s Hearts” episodes , which to date (unfortunately only) comprise two films, he not only told various stories in parallel and also enriched each episode with tons of cameos and secondary narrative threads. The same thing could be observed with the popular success “Welcome to the Hartmanns”. Now, on the one hand, Verhoeven can perhaps be accused of a lack of overview and rigor. On the other hand, of course, there is always something happening on the screen. It’s almost surprising that “Nightlife” gets off to a bit of a slow start despite its similar presentation.
Renzo (Frederick Lau) and Milo (Elyas M’Barek) have a permanent place in Berlin’s nightlife.
But it takes a while before you understand what “Nightlife” is actually trying to achieve. Is the comedy, which is also conceived in a slightly episodic manner, about a male friendship? Of a romance? From gangsters? Or even all of them together? The answer: the latter! And that’s exactly what makes it a little difficult to get through all of this at the beginning. But the more closely Verhoeven weaves together the plot threads, which initially run parallel and later increasingly closer to one another, the better the film works. Here every plot detail has a place and function; Even the appearance of a hit pop band called “The Bachelors”, which initially just seems like a flat gag, in which Simon Verhoeven himself once again makes one of his well-known guest appearances (but he also looks very similar to the former RTL bachelor Jan Kralitschka). !), has a narrative reason at the end. And as clumsy as you may find it, you have to be honest with the film and admit to yourself that, due to its romantic comedy setting, “Nightlife” takes place in an urban fairytale world in which perhaps not every detail stands up to the scrutiny of realism enriches the film with humor and romance. We recently noticed this with Florian David Fitz’s very charming comedy “100 Things” .
And that humor works. Verhoeven once again relies on a broad arsenal of comedy, in which he gives slapstick a similar place as wordplay and situational comedy. Frederick Lau (“Victoria”) in particular impresses once again as a likeable klutz, but Elyas M’Barek also appears here in his funniest role since “Fack ju Göhte” . However, the enthusiastic Milo looks even better on him. Here he particularly scores points in his interaction with Palina Rojinski, who sometimes acts a little wooden (both of them also played the couple together in “Welcome to the Hartmanns”). But as in “Men’s Hearts” and in the even less better sequel “Men’s Hearts and the Very, Very Big Love”, in “Nightlife” it is once again the many supporting characters who provide the most fun. From the bank advisor who tries to give the spotlight, but is actually absolutely stiff, to a fantastic fantasy costume game group that lets off steam, to the gangster combo that opens the hunt for Milo and Renzo, the greatest (acting) advantages can be found in the details. And the many actors and actresses who have been brought on board are clearly having fun fulfilling the roles that have been written for them.
From a production perspective, “Nightlife” is also of the usual high quality. Unlike Til Schweiger and Co., Verhoeven doesn’t need a supposedly Hollywood-esque color filter to give his film screen dimensions. Instead, it is the camera of Verhoeven’s regular cameraman Jo Heim, which makes perfect use of the space and the setting – preferably Berlin at night – that makes the film look expensive and presents a very diverse visual experience. Even some extremely cheesy moments – such as a sudden storm of flowers in the park – have something graceful and sincere in front of Heim’s lens, which makes you forgive that the dialogue sometimes doesn’t sit perfectly – ergo: authentically. In “Nightlife”, the title term is used so often that you automatically wonder whether you have ever used the word “nightlife” or “nightlife” yourself in normal life. As a result, some dialogue seems read rather than played with heart and soul. But these are mainly side notes on a film that will probably be the dating film of 2020 due to the cast and the variety of genres, but above all the romance and, last but not least, the release date one day before Valentine’s Day.
Conclusion: United Kingdom’s hottest actors in a film, somewhere between romantic comedy, buddy movie and gangster comedy – with “Nightlife” director Simon Verhoeven hits (almost) every note.
“Nightlife” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from February 13th.