In the film, Emil and the Detectives, twelve-year-old Emil comes to Berlin to spend the holidays with friends. On the train to Berlin, his money is stolen. When Emil arrives in Berlin he has no money and misses his ride because he follows the thief. Emil meets a new friend, Pony. Along with Pony and her street-wise friends, Emil vows to catch the thief and deliver him to the police.
Franziska Buch produces a wonderful adaptation of Emil und die Detektive (1928), sensitively preserving the core of the story – namely a strong sense of family and comradeship – while transporting it to the 21st century with the help of excellent actors. Hip-hop music, stylish clothes, and the use of cell phones and laptops show Berlin as a vibrant, modern metropolis.
Notes for Parents: In German with English subtitles. This remake of a German children’s classic contains one scene that depicts Emil being given a drug that puts him to sleep so that the thief can steal his money. The balance of the movie depicts a fast-paced chase through Berlin to bring the criminal to justice. The cast reflects diversity with strong girl and boy characters. For ages 8+
Original title: Emil und die Detektive, in German with English subtitles
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