Sunday, October 23, 2022

Michael Bully Herbig, "Buddy", and "Tausende Zeilen"

German director Michael Bully Herbig made his name with slapstick comedy, so I didn't expect much when I saw "Buddy" on New Year's Day in 2014. The film, with Herbig as Buddy, a guardian angel, turned out to be a pleasantly surprising and very well made comedy romance with a sweet twist at the end. And when I later saw it again, I was further pleased to discover that it held up well to a second viewing. Today, I saw Herbig's new "Tausend Zeilen", an equally well-made, based-on-a-true-story film about fraud in journalism. Herbig may have started with light comedy, but he has developed into a solid, entertaining, and thought-provoking director. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 23 October 2022)

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