MUNSTER, GO HOME!
1966, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Earl Bellamy

Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, Al Lewis and Butch Patrick reprise their TV roles (with newcomer Debbie Watson as the beautiful Marilyn) as the classic 1960s sitcom arrives on the big screen in color. The Munsters set sail to England after Herman inherits an estate there, but the British side of the family (including a delightful Terry-Thomas) will stop at nothing to hold on to Munster Hall. Costarring John Carradine and Hermione Gingold.


DORA OR THE SEXUAL NEUROSES OF OUR PARENTS
DORA ODER DIE SEXUELLEN NEUROSEN UNSERER ELTERN
2015, 90 min, Switzerland/Germany, Dir: Stina Werenfels

Mentally disabled Dora (Victoria Schulz) has spent much of her 18 years under psychotropic sedation. When her mother, Kristin (Jenny Schily), decides to stop the medication, Dora’s world opens and she begins a relationship with an unscrupulous perfume salesman (Lars Eidinger) eager to take advantage of her newfound lust for life. Dora’s parents are horrified by her relationship and eventual pregnancy, but are determined to both protect their daughter and allow her to make her own choices as an adult. In adapting Lukas Bärfuss’ challenging play, director Stina Werenfels and co-writer Boris Treyer emphasize the parallel struggles of both mother and daughter, examining broader issues of female sexuality and motherhood. Lukas Strebel’s camerawork earned a Cinelab Award for its innovative use of Dora’s point of view. In German with English subtitles.


THE PASTA DETECTIVES
RICO, OSKAR UND DIE TIEFERSCHATTEN
2014, 96 min, Germany, Dir: Neele Leana Vollmar

At the heart of this adaptation of German author Andreas Steinhöfel’s wildly popular children’s book is 10-year-old Rico, the only child of a working-class single mother in Berlin. Although quick to describe himself as a “lowly gifted child” who can’t tell his left from his right and whose thoughts often “rattle around in his head like balls in a bingo cage,” Rico is compassionate and observant, and makes the best of his shortcomings. Often left on his own, Rico spends most of his time close to home or visiting the quirky tenants in his apartment building. One day Rico meets Oskar, a highly gifted younger boy who is obsessed with safety statistics and prone to wearing a helmet. Despite their differences, the two boys complement each other and become fast friends. When Oskar suddenly goes missing, Rico suspects notorious local kidnapper Mr. 2000 and sets out to find and rescue his new friend. With an emphasis on teamwork and friendship, Vollmar’s fresh and endearing take on the classic buddy film is suitable for the whole family. In German with English subtitles.


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