Nothing Bad Can Happen

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Nothing Bad Can Happen uses its protagonist's punishing ordeal to pose questions about faith that are well worth considering, even if the film can't quite answer them.

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Movie Info

A pious teen (Julius Feldmeier) endures torture at the hands of a sadistic couple (Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl) because he thinks God is testing him.

Cast & Crew

Uwe Dag Berlin
Dieter
Katrin Gebbe
Screenwriter
Verena Gräfe-Höft
Producer
Moritz Schultheiss
Cinematographer
Heike Gnida
Film Editor
Johannes Lehniger
Original Music
Peter Folk
Original Music
Iris Trescher
Production Design
Anna Wübber
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Critic Reviews for Nothing Bad Can Happen

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (8)

  • Gebbe elicits strong performances from her actors and succeeds in inspiring a certain sick fascination with the material, yet the film's oppressive unpleasantness yields no new insights into psychology or religious faith.

    July 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Pitting good against evil with striking intelligence and a near-operatic commitment to extreme suffering, Ms. Gebbe neither mocks nor celebrates Tore's love for his God.

    July 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The film has a lyrical visual palette, almost like a bad memory, and Gebbe draws very strong performances from her cast.

    June 27, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Gebbe appears to be a misanthrope who subjects her male protagonist to senseless cruelty.

    June 26, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Its world is so remote, its characters behavior so unexplained - despite the fact that the film is based on true events - that our connection to the story slackens significantly over time.

    June 26, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tomas Hachard

    NPR
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  • A revenge flick where the hero refuses vengeance. We want that catharsis, but if Tore ever stopped turning the other cheek, he'd lose the only thing he has left: forgiveness

    June 26, 2014 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

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