German cinema: Jack

Apr 21, 2017 7:30 PM | Ottawa

German cinema at the Goethe-Institut:

A film about the development of a boy who has learnt to take responsibility from a young age. At the end of the film, he surprises us with the decision he makes and holds up a mirror to the audience with the courage he shows.

“The main character: a ten-year-old boy from Berlin, who, along with his younger brother Manuel, reluctantly becomes a vagabond for a weekend. One could describe him as a modern-day Chaplin, or rather, as a Dickensian character. The route he takes into the shabby niches, glistening shops and dreary empty spaces is determined and his actions are deliberate and quick. He lovingly takes care of his younger brother. He learns not to reveal too much and you can hear him breathe frantically when he has to hectically fix a situation, or sigh softly when he falls asleep relieved.” (Die Welt)

Director: Edward Berger, 102 min., 2013/14
Language: German with English subtitles

  • Jack is an unusual film. A small sensation.” (Berliner Zeitung)

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30pm

Goethe-Institut Ottawa
at Saint Paul University
Amphitheatre, Room 1124
223 Main Street
Ottawa, ON  K1S 1C4

Suggested donation $4

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Film poster "Jack"