Knallhart (Tough Enough) (2006)
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As written and directed by Detlev Buck, the inner-city character drama Tough Enough opens on 15-year-old Michael Polischka (David Kross), who lives with his single, white trash mom, Miriam (Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen and her wealthy physician lover, Klaus (Jan Henrik Stahlberg) in an affluent German suburb. After Miriam and Klaus have a bitter quarrel, mother and son are thrown out onto their ear, and must move to Neukoelln, a gritty ghetto in the eastern section of Berlin rife with illegal
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A tragic cycle, persuasively rendered in a movie that's neatly achieved, if small in scale.
Well acted, scored and paced, and striking a careful balance between social realism and hip street thriller.
A grainy piece of Berlin realism by Detlev Buck which follows a 15-year-old boy caught between a rock and a hard place.
A matter-of-fact socio-realist style and some strong central performances making this a shocking German drama.
Done no favours by its camera-phone aesthetic, Tough Enough doesn't have much of a sell-by date.
The inevitably brutal denouement provides a satisfactory close to a smartly observed and exhilarating movie.
Director Detlev Buck may be well versed in comedies but he manages to pull off a neat little drama thanks to some credible performances.
Engaging, impressively directed and ultimately disturbing teen drama with a strong central performance from David Kross.
Detached, muted colours, a swirling soundtrack and a well-tuned script lend polish to the grimy urban location.
Uses the familiar with enough flair and technical swagger to make it exciting all over again.
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