Sascha Alexander Gersak
Laura Lo Zito
Uwe Dag Berlin
Nothing Bad Can Happen (Tore tanzt) (NR)
Drama 110 June 14, 2014
Naturally, Tore comes across like a bit of a nut. When her first meets Benno (Sascha Alexander Gersak), the charismatic patriarch of a four-person family, Tore assumes God has given him a sign: Save this family. In turn, Benno thinks he can save Tore from being a squatter by giving him a tent in their backyard, and maybe peel some cash from the kid's welfare checks. The jobless, beer-drinking dad is fascinated by this wisp of a boy who looks like a pushover and stands by his principles. But the men prove combustible. Eventually, Benno, afraid of losing his family's awe and obedience, forces Tore to submit to his authority, and we realize that they're both drawn to abuse, Benno because he's insecure, and Tore because he's certain this is one of God's trials.
Gebbe never asks us to believe in Tore's god, but she asks us to honor his beliefs. She's found an incredible conduit in Feldmeier, an actor making his major film debut in a role so perfect for his alien innocence that it's hard to imagine him being anyone else. As he suffers, we suffer with him.