Knallhart (Tough Enough)
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Knallhart (Tough Enough)
As written and directed by Detlev Buck, the inner-city character drama Tough Enough opens on 15-year-old Michael Polischka (David Kross), who lives with his single, white trash mom, Miriam (Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen and her wealthy physician lover, Klaus (Jan Henrik Stahlberg) in an affluent German suburb. After Miriam and Klaus have a bitter quarrel, mother and son are thrown out onto their ear, and must move to Neukoelln, a gritty ghetto in the eastern section of Berlin rife with illegal Turkish immigrants. Michael experiences a brush or two with the law by falling in with a pack of juvenile… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A tragic cycle, persuasively rendered in a movie that's neatly achieved, if small in scale."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A matter-of-fact socio-realist style and some strong central performances making this a shocking German drama."
‑ Simon Jordan, Film4
"Director Detlev Buck may be well versed in comedies but he manages to pull off a neat little drama thanks to some credible performances."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Uses the familiar with enough flair and technical swagger to make it exciting all over again."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"Well acted, scored and paced, and striking a careful balance between social realism and hip street thriller."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"Done no favours by its camera-phone aesthetic, Tough Enough doesn't have much of a sell-by date."
‑ David Jenkins, Total Film
"Engaging, impressively directed and ultimately disturbing teen drama with a strong central performance from David Kross."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"An assured, uncompromising and often tense piece of social commentary on Germany's "invisible" multi-ethnic underclasses."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"A grainy piece of Berlin realism by Detlev Buck which follows a 15-year-old boy caught between a rock and a hard place."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"The inevitably brutal denouement provides a satisfactory close to a smartly observed and exhilarating movie."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Detached, muted colours, a swirling soundtrack and a well-tuned script lend polish to the grimy urban location."
‑ Jonathan Trout,
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