And Tomorrow the Entire World premiered on 6th May 2021 on Netflix. The German-French political drama film is directed by Julia von Heinz, starring Mala Emde, Noah Saavedra, Luisa-Céline Gaffron, Andreas Lust, and Tonio Schneider alongside other cast members.
The film premiered in competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival and was selected as the German entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Anti- Fascism Youth
And Tomorrow the Entire World revolves around the life of Luisa, a 20-year-old Antifa warrior and first-year law student, who is determined to defeat a surge of neo-Nazis in her city. Luisa’s parents are members of a community hunting club and enjoy hanging their kills in the forests, but she is now a vegetarian and refuses to be a part of that world. Mannheim, a no-land man’s of underpasses, butcher shops, and unredeemed land, is the setting for Von Heinz’s drama. It’s a spot of door-to-door drinkers and bus-shelter smokers, a battleground for the left and right. Luisa discovers in class that the German constitution permits pre-emptive measures against non-democratic organizations.
As the film continues we see Luisa go through her life through rebellion and revolts all the while dealing with mental, emotional, and physical abuse. The film rightly reminded me of a Jim Morrison quote that reads “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” As the revolution begins within Luisa first.
More often than not And Tomorrow the Entire World reflects reality and its hardships. It condemns fascism and establishments. The German constitution is quoted twice in the film “All Germans shall have the right to resist any person seeking to abolish this constitutional order if no other remedy is available.” And while the characters debate the moral ramifications of punishing those who would use violence against innocent citizens, the film comes down emphatically in support, ending with a triumphant bang.
And Tomorrow the Entire World keeps you invested throughout and is bold and outspoken in its approach towards its central theme. And Tomorrow the Entire World, interestingly, employs a creative framing device along with diegetic sound. Nearly the entire time, the camera is centred on Luisa. There are a lot of jump cuts, shaky camera work, and a frenzied intensity that taps into our protagonist’s changing ideals. It fits well some of the time and not so well at other times.
Stream It or Skip It
STREAM IT! And Tomorrow the Entire World is worth your time. Everyone who is anti-fascism and anti-establishment (which everyone should be btw!) would find something relatable and worth taking away.
And Tomorrow the Entire World is streaming now on Netflix.
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