|Typical Scenic Landscape from a Fernsehfilm|
Each day, I watch the German evening news (Der Tagesschau); and, if time permits, a made-for-TV movie (Fernsehfilm) -- preferably a sentimental, romantic drama (something I usually don't watch otherwise). Strangely, I find this kind of mindless entertainment relaxing and comforting. The scenery is breathtaking, the actors good-looking and the plots completely predictable, even when they are far fetched. These Fernsehfilme follow the standard formula: man meets woman, man falls in love with woman, man and woman break up, and lastly, man and woman are reunited.
Here are a few examples of what I've recently seen on DasErste:
Plötzlich ist es Liebe (Suddenly, it's Love)
Barbara and Christian fall in love.
Zwei Herzen und ein Edelweiß (Two Hearts and an Edelweiß Flower)
|Scene from Zwei Herzen|
At first, Bettina and her children want nothing to do with this picture postcard farm. It seems Bettina and the children long for the dirt, congestion, and high-speed Internet of the big city. Then Bettina meets Martin, a handsome man who owns the auto repair shop in the village. Plot Spoiler:
Bettina and Martin fall in love, the children forget they lack high-speed Internet, and everyone lives happily ever after.
Auf der anderen Seite (On the Other Hand)
English title: The Edge of Heaven
This movie is the exception to the usual Fernsehfilm. (It was originally a theatrical release.) There's no beautiful scenery, no handsome actors, and no happy ending (my kind of movie). The film involves a son traveling to Istanbul to look for the daughter of his father's girlfriend. Missed connections, tragic murders, and a bittersweet ending contribute to this “arty” European film. (BTW: it won lots of film awards).
It stars some well-known actors, including Hanna Schygulla (The Marriage of Maria Braun, Berlin Alexanderplatz). I remember Ms. Schygulla from the 1970s as the sensually erotic actress who starred in a number of Fassbinder films (which, by the way, are the opposite of these soothing, unremarkable Fernsehfilme).