An in-depth look: Will You Marry Us?
Cleveland International Film Festival
Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Focus
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Yet every once in a while, a romantic comedy will pleasantly surprise its viewers, like one of the Cleveland International Film Festival presentations, the Swiss film entitled Die Standesbeamtin or Will You Marry Us? The story details the re-ignition of an old flame between civil servant Rahel Hubli and rock musician Ben Hofer
Directed and co-written by Micha Lewinsky, Will You Marry Us? has all of the right ingredients. From a talented cast to a terrific script, a picturesque setting, and hip soundtrack, this film is the type that puts romantic comedies back in the good graces of skeptical movie critics. The comedy was smart and fresh, causing everyone in the theater to erupt in laughter throughout its entirety. The humor ranged from hilarious one-liners to ridiculous situations that probably could take place. Each character had something to contribute, particularly Rahel's secretary, played by Jennifer Schmid, who stole each of her scenes.
To put it simply, the cast was impressive. Marie Leuenberger is a delight, the kind of character that any viewer would immediately fall in love with. Dominique Jann, who plays Ben Hofer, has the perfect rock star look, complete with long shiny hair and aviators. The chemistry between these two actors really drives this film. Ben looks at Rahel exactly the right way, and Leuenberger is able to successfully portray a woman caught between her obligations to her family and the intensity of her love and attraction to a man she's always felt strongly towards.