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Original title 42plus
Country of production Austria
original language German , Italian
Publishing year 2007
Long 95 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Sabine Derflinger
script Sabine Derflinger
Mogens Rukov
production Danny Krausz ( Dor Film )
Kurt Stocker
music Andy Baum
Camera Bernhard Poetscher
cut Karina Ressler

42plus is an Austrian feature film by Sabine Derflinger , which premiered in 2007. In Germany it was released on July 24, 2008. Participants are Claudia Michelsen in the leading role and Tobias Moretti and Ulrich Tukur in leading roles. In addition to Tukur, the film also shares the theme of the crisis of meaning of a person over 40, a holiday resort as a setting, the summer vacation time and erotic libertinage with the comedy drama A Fleeing Horse (2007).

Sabine Derflinger said of her film: "Actually, my films are always about the same thing, about the longing for love, about the difficulty of balancing between security and freedom." [1]


Christine, the successful editor-in-chief of a talk show , her husband Georg, a hospital doctor , and their 14-year-old daughter Sonja are on vacation in their domicile on Ischia , an Italian island in the Gulf of Naples . Christine recently broke up with her long-time lover Martin. Georg and Christine have been friends with Martin and his wife Linda for years. Georg also has a lover.

Christine's 42nd birthday falls during the holiday season, her husband and daughter have come up with some surprises, including Martin and Linda appearing out of nowhere to personally congratulate. Christine then flees and spends the night with the young student Tamaz, who had made himself comfortable in her bed when she entered her bedroom in her holiday home. When she returns, Linda tells her that she has known for a long time that Christine has had a relationship with her husband for almost five years, and that she is even grateful because as long as that is the case, he will not leave her.

When Christine ordered Tamaz back to the hotel where she had spent the night with him, he did not appear, much to her disappointment. When Georg later wants to sleep with her, she eludes him. In a conversation with his daughter, he confesses that he is scared because he believes her mother wants to leave him.

When Tamaz shows up at Christine's vacation home, he makes her sleep with him there. At the same time, Georg and Martin are talking on the terrace of a hotel. There is a suspicion that Christine could have cancer. However, the all-clear was given later. After a while Christine and Tamaz join them. Christine introduces him as her new lover. Back in the holiday home there is a bitter argument between the couple, Georg lets himself be carried away to hit Christine. She escapes to the beach, where Tamaz and other young people have a party. Around the same time, Sonja slept with her Italian friend Marco for the first time.

In the end Christine makes a decision, she sends Tamaz a letter through Linda, who has separated from Martin, in which she passes it on, so to speak, to Linda, with whom he is supposed to make love, seeks out her husband's girlfriend for a few things to clarify and accepts Georg's apology. It looks as if she and Georg want to continue living together, but this time they want to be honest with each other.

Production, publication

Silhouette of Ischia, one of the filming locations and location of the film's plot

The film recordings for the film produced by Dor Film production company were made between May 16 and June 29, 2006 in Vienna and on the Italian island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples . [2]

42plus was premiered on March 19, 2007 at the Diagonale Film Festival in Graz, before the film was shown in Austrian cinemas on April 13, 2007. It premiered in Germany on July 24, 2008. Spelling of the working title 42 plus .


In the picture , Oliver Kube rated the film as “a consistently easy-going, light summer dramedy with top actors”. [3] According to Ulrich Kriest from filmdienst am good 42plus at best for television, but not for the movies. He found the script like theses, the dialogues “theatrical-papieren” and the story “so clichéd that it hurts”. Only Claudia Michelsen's game is worth watching. [4] epd filmCritic Kai Mihm credited the film with the fact that it was trying to tell of a relationship without humorism and without "the shallow heartache clichés of German TV films". The initially pleasantly surprising realism quickly turns into pure boredom. The actors played well, but had to speak paper-like dialogues. [5] Claus Philipp from the Austrian Standard asked himself whether a “more coherent story had been cured to death in order to“ minimize risk in the interests of the financiers ”. A couple of actors simulated feelings that the dialogues were outrageous, that one would have to wait longer for a profound discussion with the local bourgeoisie. [6]

The cinema world was of the opinion that it was only thanks to Derflinger's "impressive cast" that this "partly melodramatic story" did not "quickly become banal, embarrassing or boring". But "Claudia Michelsen as Christine, Ulrich Tukur as her husband and Tobias Moretti as lover and friend of the house" made the drama "an intensive study of relationships". All in all, it was found "rather worth seeing for the more mature viewers". [7]

Also prism was done by a "great cast" in a "well-played [n] relationship pentagon". In addition to the “pointed dialogues”, “Claudia Michelsen is a direct hit in Sabine Derflinger's marriage drama”. She succeeds in “drawing the credible portrait of a mature, sensual woman torn from unrealized longings”. Conclusion: "A film about love, affairs and getting older that is well worth seeing." [8]

Kino.de spoke of a clever women’s film, an “ironic romantic comedy” about the “hormonal confusion of a 42-year-old who suddenly discovered completely new desires that her bourgeois dream life cannot fulfill.” It also said, Sabine Derflinger treats "mid-life crisis and affairs refreshingly biting". [9]

Cinefacts .de wrote that the film looked “like a lively, but also profound French drama comedy. Artificial and full of life at the same time ”. There was also talk of “pointed dialogues”, “two wonderful main actors who played the pointed-tongued, ostensibly so sovereign married couple with the perfect Teutonic hypothermia, under which only silent despair and emptiness” fermented. Conclusion: “More amusing, more ironic and, not least thanks to the actors worth seeing, more exciting ?? French ?? Summer film with an Austrian bite. " [9]

Christian Buß from Spiegel Online dealt with the performance of the main actress Claudia Michelsen, whose role in this film is "an act of violence for every actress". Michelsen accomplishes this task as a "balancing act between self-extinction and self-discovery". He also found that there were “few German actresses who one could imagine wanting to watch them on such a self-liberation trip. Claudia Michelsen is one of them ”. [10]

For Andrea Niederfriniger from Filmreporter.de , the film presented itself as a “light summer comedy with a subtle theme” whose “characters” were “well” drawn. Despite the “emerging drama”, the film “never loses its relaxed, light atmosphere”. The strong acting performance of Claudia Michelsen is striking. “Just as impressive” is Tobias Moretti as an “unsympathetic lover and loveless husband”. [11]



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Individual evidence

  1. Die Standard: Diagonale opens with “42plus” by Sabine Derflinger , January 19, 2007
  2. 42plus Filming & Production in der IMDb
  3. Oliver Kube: The normal vacation madness , in: Bild, July 23, 2008
  4. Ulrich Kriest: 42plus , in: film-dienst No. 15/2008, p. 25
  5. Kai Mihm: 42plus , in: epd Film No. 7/2008, p. 44
  6. Claus Philipp: “Knapp missed Glück” - next to it ... , in: Der Standard , April 11, 2007
  7. 42plus sS kinofilmwelt.de, accessed on November 14, 2018.
  8. 42 plus sS prisma.de, accessed on November 14, 2018.
  9. a b "42plus": Instead of loud dramas and flying dishes, Sabine Derflinger relies on quieter tones and close observation in her clever women’s film. sS kino.de, accessed on November 14, 2018.
  10. Christian Buß: Women's drama "42plus". Kamikazeflug in die Glückseligkeit In: Spiegel Online , July 23, 2008. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  11. Andrea Niederfriniger: "42plus". Light summer comedy with an in-depth subject sS filmreporter.de, accessed on November 14, 2018.