Based on a tragic true story, Tim Trachte tells his romantic drama Close to the Horizon about a love that shouldn’t be allowed to happen and that, against all odds, still develops into something beautiful. We reveal more about this in our review.
Jessica (Luna Wedler) and Danny (Jannik Schümann) on their trip to the USA
The plot summary
Jessica (Luna Wedler), 18, is young, loves life and has a promising future when one day she falls head over heels in love with Danny (Jannik Schümann), 20. He is handsome, charming and confident, but behind the perfect facade lies a dark secret. Jessica has to realize that the future together that she dreamed of will not happen, but one thing is clear to her: she believes in this love and in Danny and she will fight for him and this love because it won’t come It depends on how long you have loved, but how deeply.
Close to the Horizon Movie Meaning & ending
If you look at director Tim Trachte’s recent work, you won’t be very clear about his craftsmanship. He followed up his grossly underestimated, because at its core, incredibly endearing school comedy “Abschussfahrt” with the third part of the “Vampire Sisters” saga , which was similarly sincere in its judgment of its characters, and this year the almost completely botched radio play adaptation “Benjamin Blümchen” – in which you missed exactly what we had previously praised about “Killing Ride”: passion for the material and an unbridled love for the main characters. Just three months later, Trachte is now following up: For “So Close to the Horizon” he is once again using a well-known template; in this case, Jessica Koch’s autobiographically colored drama romance “So close to the horizon”, the start of the so-called “Danny trilogy”. It’s bizarre that you just had to fight your way through the loveless, cheap backdrops of a zoo that was almost entirely created on the computer, in which a terribly animated elephant stalks around, while in the case of “So close to the horizon” you have to do that at any time The feeling is that the images presented here simply belong on the screen, as they are only a small step away from Hollywood gloss. And the visuals are far from the only strong thing about this, on the whole, really successful teen romance.
Danny’s roommate and friend Tina (Luise Befort) also has a secret.
It’s hard to believe and yet it’s the bitter truth: The tragic story of the two main characters Jessica and Danny happened in real life. The author Jessica Koch wrote down her experiences as the great love of a terminally ill person in three novels, in which she tells how a young girl falls madly in love with a man who will soon no longer be alive. He is infected with the HIV virus. And once this breaks out, he doesn’t have much time left. We don’t even need to anticipate the outcome of the story if we reveal: there will be a lot of tears not only on the screen, but also from the audience. Because Tim Trachte tailored the script by screenwriter Ariane Schröder (“Hin und weg”) so congenially to the target group of twelve to sixteen year olds that a tissue alarm is always inevitable – that was no different with the book. The fact that the blows of fate that hit the couple harder and harder as the game progresses, as well as the reactions to them, never drift into something contrived and maudlin is due in particular to the very authentically staged, strongly acted and comprehensibly narrated initial phase. In particular, the getting to know each other between Jessica and Danny turns out to be the most enchanting phase of “So Close to the Horizon” – rarely have you empathized with young lovers as much as you do here, which is admittedly also due to the fact that the romance genre is currently shockingly underrepresented in the cinema .
But if we write that the opening phase of “So Close to the Horizon” is so strong, then that inevitably means that other sections are less successful. This is because Tim Trachtes reveals the typical problems of such an adaptation, even without knowing that “So Close to the Horizon” is based on a novel. In plain language: The film ultimately tells far too much material in far too little screen time. Because after the script spends so much time on the process of falling in love, Tim Trachte cannot maintain the advantages of the first hour until the end. As excellently composed as the images (Tracht’s regular cameraman Fabian Rösler) and as accurately as the soundtrack is chosen, the story moves hectically towards its devastating finale. Those who know the book know: The story continues in two books. And if the first film adaptation is followed by two sequels, the second half of the film, which hastily concludes various open storylines, may still be bearable. But so many things suddenly happen on the screen at once that “So close to the horizon” seems much more constructed in the home stretch than it did at the beginning.
This is particularly a shame because the script, which strives for authenticity and realism, ensures that “So Close to the Horizon” does not sink into pure kitsch, as feared, but rather, in addition to the love story, the bitter note of the illness drama comes into its own perfectly. Other things suffer from such half-baked dramaturgy. This is particularly true for the storyline surrounding Danny’s roommate Tina, who the script initially introduces as an apparent adversary and later leaves the scene with remarkable consistency. In between, the emotional complexity that actually exists in Tina only comes to the fore minimally; not least because Luise Befort (“The Red Ribbon Club – How it all began”) simply doesn’t get enough screen time to play to her character’s strengths. The same applies to all supporting characters, who are primarily limited to their function within the plot; from Jessica’s loving parents (Victoria Mayer and Stephan Kampwirth) to Danny’s sports coach (Frederick Lau) to his carer Jörg (Denis Moschitto) – none of them have much to contribute to the plot, but thanks to the consistently excellent actors, it would have been a shame their appearance would have been completely avoided. In the end, they set the stage for this gorgeous screen couple, consisting of the new discovery Luna Wedler (“The most beautiful girl in the world”) and Jannik Schümann (“Charité”)who together do an excellent job in their devoted roles, which is why you’re only too happy to watch the love that first blossoms and then becomes ever closer between Jessica and Danny.
Conclusion: Although the dramatic-romantic novel adaptation “So close to the horizon” seems unnecessarily rushed in the last third, the majority of it is pleasing due to the heartbreaking acting of the two protagonists and a story that is particularly convincing due to its courage in taking up difficult topics with a pleasant consequence comes along.
“Close to the Horizon” can be seen in USA cinemas from October 10th.