The Ukrainian collection “In Her Car” begins on ZDF | EUROtoday

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Ein a pleasant, homophobic and hysterical grandmother, a mild, legal deserter, a silly and intelligent magnificence queen, a betrayed, fraudulent nail designer and so many different evil good guys. Although they’re collection characters, they’re so contradictory, unruly, lovable and hateable that they positively have doppelgängers in actuality. You can see them, watch them in a brand new collection: “In Her Car”. It involves Denmark and Switzerland, France, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Germany on the identical time. Comes from Ukraine. It is a reminder from Europe's public tv to not overlook Russia's crimes in opposition to Ukraine – simply in time for the anniversary of the invasion.

But additionally it is story, set within the first days of the conflict in February 2022. But it begins – you solely see this a lot later within the collection – in 2014, within the outdated conflict and in Luhansk. The Russian occupiers are coming and evacuations are being carried out. A bus carrying refugees comes underneath hearth and the passengers die. At that point, the sister of the collection heroine Lydia, who drives us viewers by the episodes, additionally dies. No, the principle character of the collection might not be Lydia in any respect, possibly it's her station wagon – a Škoda, blue-gray and glossy. And he seems to be slightly critical, however very pleasant – his grille as if he was smiling.

This textual content comes from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Cars are all the time heroes in wars. They convey materials and folks to the entrance, evacuate refugees and injured individuals. Bring info, meals, drugs. At least if they’ve good drivers. And Lydia is an effective driver. She, a psychologist, decides to assist at the start of the invasion. Says on Instagram that she is going to now drive individuals free of charge. To their households or wherever. Most of them wish to go to the Polish border. Want to go away. Like that one unhappy, lovelorn deserter in episode 4.

But proper from the beginning: Each episode reveals the story of a fellow passenger. Begins with a fairytale starting from the off. Lydia's sister recorded the fairy tales for her. But they aren’t for babies, they’re far too unhappy and brutal – just like the one concerning the lovely princess who couldn't learn. It goes like this: Many courageous knights fought for the center of the gorgeous princess, however she had already forgiven it and was in love. And someday she obtained a letter from the love of her life. But she couldn't learn it. And the princess didn't wish to be taught to learn both. She cried as a result of she didn't perceive what her beloved knight had written to her. You hear all this and see Lydia.

Two sturdy feminine characters, two sturdy actresses

She goes to Kharkiv to file for divorce and meets Dima, her husband, who cheated on her for eight years. He can be from Luhansk, speaks Russian, Lydia speaks Ukrainian. As they speak, sirens wail and a canine barks. They speak about their “Ukrainian Family” aid fund, which they based collectively to help those that needed to flee from the occupiers. Lydia doesn't need something, no fund, no cash, she simply needs a divorce. Dima is now blackmailing her. Enter the princess: Inga comes into the lounge along with her loud, little canine and hugs Lydia's husband. He says to his spouse: “You drive her to Poland!” It is his situation for the divorce.

The lovely Inga is already sitting in Lydia's again seat in fur, with sun shades and her ugly éclair, that's the identify of the barking and evil Pomeranian. She places on her make-up and says to her reflection, i.e. herself, in love in Russian: “Kukla” (doll). Two sturdy feminine characters, two sturdy actresses: Anastasia Karpenko performs Lydia, Olena Oleynikova performs Inga. They hate one another, their eyes present it. And their seems to be have a depth that you just solely see within the massive display screen within the seems to be of Frances McDormand and Cate Blanchett.

And then this present does one thing it does each episode: there's a flashback. Luhansk, 2014, Inga's doll face shines within the gentle of spotlights. A magnificence contest. Dima is on the jury. The sign up entrance of him reads “Head of the Luhansk Department of Culture.” In the subsequent reduce, her crown is on the dressing desk and Dima takes it from behind. Then the day when bombs fall. In the flashback, Inga speaks Ukrainian along with her mom. They escape. Evacuation buses are prepared. Dima forces Inga to get on a unique bus than her mom, who then takes a doomed seat wherein Lydia's sister can be sitting.