Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013)

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Tore’s friend’s name is Eule – misspelt as Owl in the subs. Forgot to fix that.

AKA: Tore Tanzt
Directed by: Katrin Gebbe
Starring: Julius Feldmeier (Tore), Sascha Alexander Gersak (Benno), Gro Swantje Kohlhof (Sanny), Annika Kuhl (Astrid), Daniel Michel (Eule)
Country: Germany; Effed Up European Films
Language: German (Eng Subs); Effed Up German Movies
Runtime: 01:47:53

Plot – Spoilers:
In Hamburg, a group of young outcasts and punks call themselves Jesus Freaks. They spend their days like most of their peers, the only difference being their devotion to Jesus and belief in daily miracles. Among them is Tore, an awkward epileptic, who practices a rarely-followed tenet of the Freaks – abstinence before marriage. Tore has no discernible family and as he puts it, If I didn’t believe, I’d have nothing.

A chance meeting with the much-older Benno where Tore miraculously fixes Benno’s broken-down car sees him moving in with Benno to an allotment. Benno isn’t a believer and a little bored of his girlfriend and her kids. Initially it appears that all he’s doing by taking Tore in, is returning a favor while also seeking some grown male company. Then later it seems that Tore’s Jesus-devotion, pacifism and tendency to be obedient amuse and suit the bully in Benno. But things are waiting to turn darker, as not only does Benno have an eye on his 15-year-old step-daughter, he also has an unapologetically violent and sadistic side.

Genres: Based on a True Story, Religion, Domestic Abuse, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Men, Family, Prostitution, Old-Young, Violence Against-Animals

Massive Spoilers:
Tore’s blind faith in the Lord sees him turning into a mini-Jesus. In Sanny, there’s a Mary Magdalene who is a sort of temptress testing his virtuous flesh. In Benno lies the Devil, the serpent, deceptive and friendly while only being dedicated to breaking Tore’s resolve and faith, aided by his follower, Astrid.

Even Tore’s buddy from the Freaks, Eule, was constantly breaking their tenets while Tore was around. So, either, it’s that this German mini-Jesus inspires evil in everyone whose lives he touches, or that the whole world and Tore’s life are merely distractions in his path to enlightenment.

But there is no greater similarity here to Jesus than right at the end, where Tore literally has to die, so others (Sanny and her brother) may be saved.

About:
Nothing Bad Can Happen is reportedly based on the early-’00s case of 20-year-old, Thies F. Not sure if there was a religious angle in the real-life case, but the couple, Werner and Manuela, were initially sentenced to 8 and 4 years respectively. This was later overturned, for a longer sentence.

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The poor cat
The poor cat
February 19, 2024 12:05 am

This is exactly the shit I come here for. If it leaves me feeling disturbed and bereft, it’s a winner in my book. Thoroughly
miserable. Thanks for the excellent upload.

Vlad
Vlad
February 18, 2024 7:11 am

I can’t believe I overlooked this gem for so long — excellent movie. What a tale of faith, corruption, and undeniable hopelessness. I feel for Tore, too bad he wasn’t introduced to the God of the Old Testament. This would have sharpened him up and made him ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
February 11, 2024 5:34 pm

Now that’s a film.

Compelling.. dirty.. bit bloody.. Great story. A modern day classic of black bible proportions

Bobby Bellend
Bobby Bellend
February 4, 2024 9:01 pm

This is a good movie. It is nothing like Ma 2019.

Bobby Buffer
Bobby Buffer
January 24, 2024 6:53 pm

The worst scene in the movie BY FAR was the drowning of that poor cat, that peaceful chunky cat was completely innocent. I just saw ‘Ma 2019’ for the first time and it has the same vibes as this movie of dirty coomers abusing stupid zoomers. Me thinks Ma got some inspiration from this movie…. I rate it 3 out of 5 spits to the eyeball

fred fat
fred fat
January 16, 2024 12:08 pm

yes it can

A concerned friend.
A concerned friend.
January 15, 2024 4:47 am

I’m errect.

Dornroeschen
Dornroeschen
January 14, 2024 3:44 pm

So ein geiler Film, hab den vor ein paar Monaten noch gesucht und jetzt isser hier!

Aurelia
Aurelia
January 11, 2024 8:44 pm

I love you Admin, I was recently looking for this movie all over the internet but it was only on paid websites, thank you so much

Tomy
Tomy
January 11, 2024 7:41 pm

This movie is on a Lars Von Trier level qua sadness and hopelessness…

Znn
Znn
January 11, 2024 7:29 pm

Real guy’s name is Thies Fischer, if anyone wonders

fred fat
fred fat
January 11, 2024 6:28 pm

hopefully nothing bad will happen

LOTTY DA
LOTTY DA
January 11, 2024 6:38 am

Wow, well that was a good one. Loved it, but not exactly the ending i was hoping for…. there’s gotta be a Tore Two. Tore Returns, and kicks (or prays) them bastards asses to hell…. thanks again Eu, you’re the best

Bukowski
Bukowski
January 10, 2024 11:30 am

Great film.
Tore needed to read his Bible more and quit being a pussy. Plenty of verses support revenge, stopping evil with violence, etc.
Jesus whipped the shit out of the merchants in the temple & commanded his followers to sell their cloaks and buy a sword.
I totally believe this a a true story tho

joe126
joe126
January 10, 2024 3:44 am

As a dumb schmuck I thought Tanzt was his name, but it means dance.

Cronenberg
Cronenberg
January 9, 2024 6:39 pm

Never heard of this movie but it was fantastic!
All of the cast made a brilliant job – some scenes felt so realistic.

These kind of films makes so much more impact then most gorefilled shit out there.

coco
coco
January 9, 2024 2:43 pm

one of the best german films

the end is unbelievable gruesome

thx

coco

GT
GT
January 9, 2024 10:35 am

oh I realised Id seen this film at Cannes before.