Series „Das Institut – Oase des Scheiterns“

A scene like from forgotten times. A group of adult people is gathered around a table – and doing handicrafts. Not handicrafts for the non-profit bazaar of the community center or the like. Here bottles are smashed and the broken pieces are put into hardening material. They were later to crown the outer wall and protect the Institute for German Language and Culture from attacks. Because you always have to reckon with that in Central Asian Uzbekistan, a playground for warlords, bandits and Salafists. You won’t find it on any atlas, nor on Google Earth. But somehow it slipped between Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, apparently overlooked by the geographers for centuries… But not by German foreign policy, who set up an exclave of Germanic culture here and then more or less left it to herself. Five Germans and one local are tasked with introducing the Kisbeks to the German language…

Valeria: The overly free adaptation of Elisabet Benavent’s novels on Netflix

It is not necessary that you have read In the shoes of Valeria, the first novel of the successful tetralogy of the Spanish writer Elisabet Benavent, to enjoy this new peninsular proposal from peliculas on-line Netflix. The Valeria series is an open adaptation and it takes many licenses from the original material. Her central character, Valeria (Diana Gomez), is a fictional writer approaching her thirties and who has author blockade, impostor syndrome and a husband who doesn’t pay much attention to her. Luckily Valeria continues to have a solid relationship with her friends: Lola (Silma Lopez), Carmen (Paula Malia) and Nerea (Teresa Riott). The four share a group, Amigas 4ever, to which constant messages are sent and where Valeria leaves endless voice messages and that could almost be described as podcasts. It is in the friendship between these four independent and professional women (Lola is a translator, Carmen is a…

Hiccups (2010–2011) Review

Synopsis Hiccups is the story of Millie Upton, a children’s book author who is wildly successful, internationally popular, and just a little bit nuts. Millie’s success in writing for children is perhaps due in part to her being about as emotionally evolved as a six year old. Happy as a pig in a puddle one second, then yelling at a cop the next, Millie’s emotional “hiccups” get her into no end of situations. In an effort to get a handle on things, she impulsively enlists the aid of a life coach – Stan Dirko – to help set her straight. Unfortunately, Stan has no real training and even less experience. Still, he’s got a big heart and a head full of ideas, and that’s enough for Millie. It’s the blind leading the blind through an adventurous, emotional minefield, with the best of intentions, high expectations, and very little success. Along…

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