In THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Director Aron Lehmann transplants the story of the French cadet Cyrano de Bergerac to a modern school – and hits the mark! We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
Roxy (Luna Wedler) is new in class and immediately turns all the boys’ heads. The quick-witted 17-year-old has just been expelled from her old school and is not keen on the upcoming school trip to Berlin. On the bus she befriends the sensitive outsider Cyril (Aaron Hilmer), who surprises her with his wit. Cyril is immediately hooked, but doesn’t think he has a chance because everyone makes fun of him because of his big nose. Roxy is also more interested in the attractive Rick (Damian Hardung). Unfortunately, he’s a mental low flyer and can’t say three words in a row. When pick-up man Benno (Jonas Ems) also has his eye on Roxy, Cyril starts a daring matchmaking operation to protect Roxy from Benno’s cheating: He writes cool songs and romantic text messages for Rick so that he can make a big impression on Roxy. Who will ultimately win the heart of the “most beautiful girl in the world”?
Movie explanation of the ending
There is the story of the French poet Cyrano de Bergerac: At the end of the 19th century, the French writer Edmond Rostand describes in his verse drama, which has since been adapted many times, the life, loves and suffering of this sad man with a nose that was far too big, who gave up his virtue of poetic word-finding stupid good-for-nothing Christian von Neuvilette “lent” when he had his eye on Cyrano’s beautiful cousin Roxeanne. The feelings that Christian constantly passes off as his own actually come from the poetic vein of Cyrano, who remains in the dark due to his supposed deformity. In the end he dies tragically in the arms of his beloved, who was able to find out the true origin of the poems shortly before his death. What a tragedy! But there is also the story of USA youth cinema. And in recent years they have had nothing to do with great poetry, but rather with the Asi slang-crawling youngsters from “Fack ju Göhte” and Co. But what to do when the message of a material couldn’t be more current, it’s just one there is little lack of the form that could make the supposedly outdated template palatable to today’s youth? Aron Lehmann (“Highway To Hellas”) had exactly the right idea and staged a thoroughly modern form of the Cyrano de Bergerac saga with “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”; Poetry turns into (no less poetic) rap, the passive maid Roxeanne becomes the tough Roxy and Cyril, who still has a big nose. But he is no less in love than his great literary role model.
Roxy (Luna Wedler) and Cyrill (Aaron Hilmer) become friends.
In the third and final part of the “Fack ju Göhte” series, the topic of bullying played an important part of the narrative. Above all, a scene in which the cult teacher played by Elyas M’Barek talks about his own experiences as an outcast was convincing; and then there was the huge press release from a large USA tabloid that used the context of “FJG” PR to make a little bit of its own case that exclusion and teasing are pretty shit. Of course, it wasn’t all subtle – and that’s completely okay considering such an important topic. Nevertheless, screenwriter Lars Kraume (his second positively outstanding work this year after the powerful drama “The Silent Classroom”) takes a much more elegant approach with his script for “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” when it comes to giving the growing generation a tolerant one and to make cooperation that is not limited to external appearances attractive. Newcomer Aaron Hilmer, who was already so strong in “Loneliness and Sex and Compassion,” is repeatedly excluded as a matter of course in his role as Cyril, who has a huge nose, and retroactively describes moments of severe psychological abuse and makes it as real and tangible as it is feels like being a victim of bullying. The fact that he nevertheless immediately makes contact with the beautiful Roxy and does not necessarily correspond to the cliché of the wallflower, both externally and in terms of behavior, also shows the diverse excesses of bullying. In plain language: It can affect anyone. And at the same time there are a variety of ways to deal with it.
The quick-witted Cyril has chosen the masked rapper ego “Maskenmann” and regularly battles his sometimes more, sometimes less musical opponents into the ground. In “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” author Lars Kraume does an excellent job of maintaining the impression that the sometimes extremely rough rap lyrics always seem authentic and not at all cinematic. The lyrics and rhymes could all be enjoyed completely independently of the film and do not correspond at all to what USA filmmakers otherwise imagine when it comes to rap and youth language. This also directly affects another of the film’s many advantages: “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” is authentic at all times and, on this level, benefits above all from a sensational cast. When it comes to the actors of the younger generation (especially “Flitzer” star Luna Wedler is a real discovery), there are almost no overly familiar faces. Only among the adults is there a reunion with Heike Makatsch (“The Puberty”) as a wonderfully exaggerated teacher (“You used to have three idiots in the class, now you have three who aren’t!”)Johannes Allmayer (“Colonia Dignidad”) as her naive counterpart and Anke Engelke in the role of Cyril’s slightly overprotective mother. Why they give her a little too obvious a huge nose instead of choosing an actress with such a olfactory organ becomes clear when you see the skill with which Engelke plays the cliché of the emphatically hip mother in her small role plays and at the same time proves herself to be a sensitive listener. Hardly any other actress would have been able to do that.
His mother (Anke Engelke) (almost) always hits the right note with her son.
Between raising awareness of the issue of bullying, excellent musical interludes (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” even takes on the characteristics of a classic musical in some moments, keyword: museum) and great acting, what is particularly impressive is the tender love story between Roxy and Cyril. In their indirect approach – for a long time the young woman ultimately thinks that she is making a connection with Rick, who in reality is really stupid – the two become the new dream couple in the USA youth film and, with their natural interaction, take over every scene, no matter how casual. This is also due to the dialogues, which also have a kick outside of the rap lyrics, seem authentic and simply give the impression at any time that Lars Kraume – even more than the more poetic Bora Dagtekin – has understood how the youth of today do speaks. This also makes it completely bearable that “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” hits one or two narrative hooks in the course of its entertaining 102 minutes that it didn’t necessarily need. In addition, the character of the idiot Rick offers some film quotes for eternity, but unfortunately the script deviates a little from the otherwise pleasant down-to-earth character when it comes to drawing his character and almost gets into the realm of parody. This takes you out of the scenery here and there, but it is only a tiny flaw in a film that you hope will achieve the success that “Fack ju Göhte” has enjoyed in recent years.
Conclusion: Aron Lehmann’s attempt to tell a classic literary source in a modern setting is a complete success! Thanks to an excellent script, great music and passionate actors, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” becomes one of the best young adult films in a long, long time.
“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from September 6th.