4.5 out of 5
Every now and then a film comes along that grabs my attention and holds it throughout the duration of the story line. “Ingenium” was one such film.
A film directed by Steffan Hacker (Bot Warz, Damnatus: The Enemy Within), “Ingenium” is part psychological thriller, part science fiction, and part drama. Starring Esther Maab as Felicitas, a woman who goes on a holiday only to be pulled into a world where everything doesn’t make sense. Or does it?
Her childhood best friend Natascha (played by Judith Hoersch) has been in an insane asylum for many years and when Felicitas goes looking for answers, she discovers her friend from the orphanage, may not be crazy after all.
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot of the film. Once it starts, it really never lets up. As the viewer you are constantly asking yourself what is going on here and then the reveal takes things to a whole other level that I found entertaining and my suspension of disbelief was not put to the test (thankfully).
The themes of friendship, truth, honesty, and courage all play a role in this wonderfully made film. The litmus test for anything I review (concert, ballet, opera, film, etc) is simple - would I watch it again?
In the case of, “Ingenium”, the answer is a resounding yes! Recommended!
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