The adventures of the popular children’s book friends are entering their third round. In PETTERSSON AND FINDUS – FINDUS MOVES old Pettersson has to come to terms with the fact that his little cat is growing up. We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
Findus jumps around on his new mattress day and night, but the annoyed Pettersson (Stefan Kurt) wants to be left alone. The solution: Findus’ own play and bouncy house, which Pettersson is building for him right next door! The tomcat, however, enjoys being independent and living alone so much that he doesn’t just move to the house to play, but to move into the house entirely. However, this is not how Pettersson imagined it! Does he now have to live his life without his happy little companion? Findus has to think of something to cheer up old Pettersson again…
Movie explanation of the ending
The Christmas film “Pettersson and Findus – The Most Beautiful Christmas Ever”, which was released last year, was anything but good for us. It wasn’t just the lack of any surprises and the half-baked dramaturgy that bothered us. After all, these are both factors that are probably not really noticed by the younger viewers, for whom the film is clearly aimed. What really pissed us off was the silliness, which didn’t fit at all with the warm-hearted attitude of the successful Swedish children’s books by Sven Nordqvist, on which the stories about old Pettersson and his beloved cat Findus are based. With its constant repetitions, the production ran the risk of quickly under-challenging even the very young viewers. And so, apart from the pleasant picture book aesthetic, there was hardly anything positive left about “The Most Beautiful Christmas Ever”, which of course gave us a certain skepticism when it was said that “Findus Moves” would be the next film adaptation of “Pettersson and Findus” this year. -Book in the cinemas. But this time our judgment is not quite as harsh; on the contrary. “Findus is moving” is actually the best of three films so far, all directed by Ali Samadi Ahadi (“Salami Aleikum”). Even if it still gets a little bogged down with some of the gags, “Findus Moves” is a fundamentally likeable film for small and large “Pettersson and Findus” fans, which also tackles a topic that will appeal primarily to the older generation.
Pettersson (Stefan Kurt) wants to convince his friend Findus to continue living with him.
With its running time of just 78 minutes, the belittling look of the characters and setting as well as the very clearly told stories, “Pettersson and Findus – Findus Moves” is of course primarily a film for the youngest of cinemagoers, but with its theme all around As the craftsman Pettersson fears loneliness, this time the film also addresses the fears of the older generation. While Findus is firmly convinced that he is already “big” and even wants his own house where he can run around without a care in the world, Pettersson is afraid of the loneliness that comes with it and the disconnection from his friend. Findus’ desire for independence is in stark contrast to Pettersson’s request that his cat please continue to live with him; and both sides always take the script by Thomas Springer (who also wrote the script for the last two “Pettersson and Findus” films) seriously. What’s more: the author even confronts the audience with the interesting fundamental question of whether one can actually ask a friend to take time for themselves. This is probably not an easy question for children to answer. In order not to drive the little ones into an emotional corner with this conflict of conscience, Ali Samadi Ahadi lightens up the proceedings in his usual good mood with cheerful singing, lots of slapstick moments and a handful of oddball supporting characters who aim for completely harmless entertainment.
Even if the director manages to reconcile the relatively (!) serious tones and the casual fun well, there are also constructed jokes that sneak into the film at times that don’t fit into this harmless picture book world. They either simply have no place in it, or stand out from it in such an extreme way that you wonder whether you simply don’t understand some meta level; However, this would also mean that it is probably even more extreme for children. The voice-over of two chickens talking about, among other things, the inability to combine children and a full-time job may bring up some nice points for the adults, but at the same time they remain in a vacuum rather than something that fits in with the rest contribute to events. And the very little ones probably won’t be able to do anything with it anyway. Some half-baked homoerotic innuendos between Pettersson and the clumsy hunter Gustavsson (Max Herbrechter) also lead nowhere. Furthermore, it is not clear whether this is actually intended to be funny (which would of course be exactly the opposite) or whether the filmmakers are serious about showing that there can be more than just a spark between a man and a woman. No matter what it is about, neither of these running gags works as half-baked as they are presented here.
Pettersson misses his friend.
Instead, the cast “works” all the better. After Ulrich Noethen, who played the rustic Pettersson in the first film, was replaced by Stefan Kurt, the “Disaster” star once again proves to be the absolute heart of the film and acts naturally with the cat Findus, who was subsequently created on the computer. Together with him, he celebrates the unshakable friendship of this unlikely duo in front of the picture-perfect backdrop, which was created entirely in the studio. Watching them is just fun. Marianne Sägebrecht is also there for the third time (“Omamamia”), who this time again tried largely unsuccessfully to get as close to Pettersson as inconspicuously as possible. To do this, she pretends to either bake pancakes or eat them, but at the same time she definitely doesn’t want to enjoy Pettersson’s coffee. This ensures one thing above all: at the end of “Findus Moves” you definitely feel like eating pancakes; and Sägebrecht wins hearts anyway with her likeable role. Whether the cautious amorous hints will ever be followed through is still up in the air at the moment. Max Herbrechter (“We are the flood”) Meanwhile, he plays the role of a hunter who is completely overwhelmed by the dog and the household and primarily serves to introduce some wonderfully funny slapstick interludes. The ensemble is clearly having fun with what they are doing here, which sooner or later is passed on to the audience.
Conclusion: Despite some questionable gags, “Findus Moves” is definitely the best part of the “Pettersson and Findus” series so far and scores above all with its quirky characters and loving furnishings.
“Pettersson and Findus – Findus is moving” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from September 13th.