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      Afire

      Released Jul 14, 2023 1h 43m Comedy Drama TRAILER for Afire: Trailer 1 List Afire: Trailer 1 Afire: Trailer 1 2:08 View more videos
      91% Tomatometer 124 Reviews 74% Audience Score 50+ Ratings While vacationing by the Baltic Sea, writer Leon (Thomas Schubert) and photographer Felix (Langston Uibel) are surprised by the presence of Nadja (Paula Beer), a mysterious young woman staying as a guest at Felix's family's holiday home. Nadja distracts Leon from finishing his latest novel and with brutal honesty, forces him to confront his caustic temperament and self-absorption. As Nadja and Leon grow closer, an encroaching forest fire threatens the group and tensions escalate when a handsome lifeguard and Leon's tight-lipped book editor also arrive. Christian Petzold's acclaimed latest was the winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      A riveting look at complicated relationships, the well-acted Afire finds Christian Petzold working in an arguably lighter but still notably ambitious vein.

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      Namrata Joshi The New Indian Express A good film to end or begin a year with, one that reminds us to hit the pause button every now and then between the play modes and never say no to anything because “work won’t allow it”. Jan 23, 2024 Full Review Ty Burr Ty Burr's Watch List (Substack) It could be an Eric Rohmer movie that escaped from the 1970s. Rated: 3/4 Dec 1, 2023 Full Review Sergio Burstein Los Angeles Times The script, also by director Christian Petzold finds itself full of moments marked by subtle comedy and interpreted by a group of impeccable actors. [Full review in Spanish] Oct 4, 2023 Full Review Javier Ocaña El Pais (Spain) From the beginning, Petzold conveys that under the mantle of tranquility... something perverse seems to hover over the characters. [Full review in Spanish] Jun 15, 2024 Full Review Luis Martínez El Mundo (Spain) A drama hidden within a comedy as dazzling as it is, in its own way, outside of time. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 4/5 Jun 13, 2024 Full Review Paula Arantzazu Ruiz Cinemanía (Spain) A moral and catastrophic comedy: another triumph for Petzold. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 4/5 Jun 12, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Roy J The acting and direction kept my attention even though there isn't much going on. I really liked it until the ending...the jerk protagonist doesn't deserve that ending. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/09/23 Full Review Alec B Writers that hate themselves are almost as insufferable as those who think they are God's gift to humanity. There's a sadness to the movie that does make the main character slightly more tolerable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/04/24 Full Review Wolfgang G Roter Himmel ist ein Beziehungsdrama von Christian Petzold… Eine Gruppe von Freunden in einem Ferienhaus an der Ostsee, wo die Emotionen hochkochen, als der ausgetrocknete Wald um sie herum Feuer fängt… Eine künstlerische Krise und eine Schreibblockade lösen zwischenmenschliche Komplikationen aus… die eine Freundschaft auf die Probe stellt… eher eine stille melancholische Inszenierung mit einer brillanten schauspielerischen Leistung… Kurz gesagt, ein klasse Schauspiel mit sehr guten Darstellern… Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/30/23 Full Review helder f A story of two friends, Leon and Felix, who are spending their summer in a beach house. The goal is for Leon to finish his book and Felix to complete his portfolio for art school. The beach house belongs to Felix's family. Upon arriving, they realize that a friend of Felix's mother is staying there too, where she hosts Devid, a lifeguard. sometimes. The story has a nostalgic tone, carrying a child-like and idyllic atmosphere, while simultaneously being tense due to the relationships among the four, as well as the menace of the nearby wildfires. These two components are barely rewarding enough to sit through for almost 90 minutes in the movie, where most scenes feel more like still pictures than part of a narrative. The last segment of the movie is enervating due to its unnecessary melodramatic end. The movie's conclusion feels like an abrupt waking up from a sort of languid dream, betraying viewers who sat through the movie hoping for some kind of climax, some sort of apex. It feels juvenile and tasteless. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 11/27/23 Full Review X O Wow. Extremely well acted. I don't know how I got pulled on. It must have been how they spoke. The acting. So impressive. It's so interesting how giving Nadja is, not from love, just from her nature, with feeling, not just because of some new age trip. Leon is also really fucked up and needs to stop beating himself up, amd stop beating others up because of that. Nadja is very forgiving. To her strength. The editor is a bastard. He should have prioritised Leon and not leave him hanging. That isn't professional, at best. Worth a watch, as much as how the story unfolds as much as the conclusions. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/16/23 Full Review Greg R This is lousy. And it's made worse by reading these reviews telling you to stick with it. The something that was to come just never arrives. It's just one long, drawn out, bore. About nothing. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 09/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis While vacationing by the Baltic Sea, writer Leon (Thomas Schubert) and photographer Felix (Langston Uibel) are surprised by the presence of Nadja (Paula Beer), a mysterious young woman staying as a guest at Felix's family's holiday home. Nadja distracts Leon from finishing his latest novel and with brutal honesty, forces him to confront his caustic temperament and self-absorption. As Nadja and Leon grow closer, an encroaching forest fire threatens the group and tensions escalate when a handsome lifeguard and Leon's tight-lipped book editor also arrive. Christian Petzold's acclaimed latest was the winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.
      Director
      Christian Petzold
      Producer
      Anton Kaiser, Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
      Screenwriter
      Christian Petzold, Christian Petzold
      Distributor
      Sideshow / Janus Films
      Production Co
      ZDF/Arte, September Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Schramm Film Koerner & Weber
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 14, 2023, Limited
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $244.8K
      Runtime
      1h 43m
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