The sum is lesser than its parts in this interesting but ultimately unconvincing Venice offering that deals with a group of anti-fascist youths who become increasingly violent in their moral fight against the rise of ultra-right ideologies in Germany.
Dir. Julia von Heinz
2020 | Germany | Drama | 111 mins | 2.35:1 | German
M18 (Netflix rating) for mature themes and some sexuality
Cast: Mala Emde, Noah Saavedra, Tonio Schneider
Plot: As the political right rises in popularity, Luisa joins Antifa, through her friend Batte. She starts to live in a commune, where she meets Alfa and Lenor. Together they try to prevent marches by the political right, and violence becomes more and more an acceptable tool to achieve their goal.
Awards: Nom. for Golden Lion & Queer Lion (Venice)
International Sales: Films Boutique (SG: Netflix)
Subject Matter: Moderate – Ideology, Sociopolitics, Youth Activism
Narrative Style: Straightforward
Audience Type: Slightly Arthouse
This film had been on my programming radar since its bow at the Venice Film Festival last year, so it was to my surprise when I learnt that it would become widely available on Netflix.
A collision of sorts between politics and humanity, And Tomorrow the Entire World might seem like a provocative work on paper, what with its exploration of political convictions and the morality of one’s actions, but it is more of a case of the sum is lesser than its parts as director Julia von Heinz gives us an interesting, largely entertaining but ultimately unconvincing film.
A group of anti-fascist German youths become increasingly violent in their fight against the rise of ultra-right ideologies in their country, disrupting events and vandalising vehicles in hopes of sending warnings to the neo-Nazis who are beginning to exert influence in their society.
“I think this project is great and I’d like to be part of it.”
While it can be regarded as an ensemble film of sorts, the focus is on Luisa as she assimilates into the group and learns what it is like to be politically-committed.
I think most mature younger audiences should be able to vibe with And Tomorrow the Entire World—it would at least spur them to think about what they believe in as far as political engagement is concerned.
The film’s fairly accessible with several moments of suspense, plus a suggestive love subplot that is so implicit it ironically feels half-baked and inconsequential.
Luisa’s convictions are severely tested, and so are the film’s—while Heinz’s work acknowledges the volatile climate that we are living in, it is not always sure of where it wants to go or what kind of emotions it wants to hit by its denouement.