Thriller, 3sat, Saturday, 11:35 p.m
Government crisis in Italy: This is not unusual in this country. And so, with a certain routine, an attempt is made by hook or by crook to quickly pass a law before the prime minister’s resignation is inevitable. It’s about building permits, for the benefit of the mafia. It has a puppet in parliament, MP Malgradi, who knows how to organize majorities with the help of various donations. This malgradi has a pronounced weakness for sex orgies, so he lets the mafia reward him. When one of them goes horribly wrong, a whole series of influential men each have a serious problem in their own way. The way Pierfrancesco Favino plays the parliamentarian drunk on believing in his own greatness and invulnerability is great.
Tragic comedy, One, Sunday night, 11:50 p.m
Four people – that makes six couple relationships possible. Director Anne Sewitsky plays them all in the 2010 Norwegian film. Not all of these relationships have a sexual dimension, but wherever bedtime comes into play, it affects all of the other relationships – the two marriages, the neighborly friendship of the two couples who have little more than each other in the northern wastes , which Sewitsky stages here. Apart from a church choir. But he can’t really help the quartet’s problems either, on the contrary. Happy Happy received the Grand Jury Prize at the most important festival for Independence films in Sundance, for its laconic humor and the desire to playfully balance on the edge of catastrophe.
Vertigo – From the realm of the dead
Psychothriller, Arte, Sunday, 8:15 p.m
One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most important films, which received belated recognition. When it hit theaters in 1958, some dismissed it as outrageous. The dizziness that the title describes – vertigo is a medical term – can also seize the viewer. That is why the thriller occupies a special place in Hitchcock’s work: the characters are not who they say they are, they disguise their intentions, hide their character and lie to themselves – as is often the case with Hitchcock, but here in a perfect way. James Stewart plays a high-altitude ex-cop who chases after a woman and almost gets her twice. But here tragic history does not repeat itself in farce, as Karl Marx had posited. Here comes the farce first, then the tragedy.
Liebeskomödie, ZDF Neo, Saturday, 8:15 p.m
You need a buddy like Spike in life. Even if it’s not just a courtesy what he’s doing. Rather, he believes that William’s chance is actually his: suddenly a Hollywood star (Julia Roberts) snows into the house of the two men, something is brewing between her and William (Hugh Grant). But Spike doesn’t let himself be knocked out of the field that quickly in sheer overconfidence. In the end, however, he has their backs; the London press mob has gotten wind of who is in the house of a man unknown to the media. Rhys Ifans steps out the door in his underpants, and Spike, who he plays, handles this impromptu press conference as only a Brit can do – quick-witted, with a talent for comedy and very stylish, although almost naked.