Rico, Oskar und das Herzgebreche: adventure round two!
On the trail of a top summer family film? All the clues point here. Spirited Berlin-based adventure Rico, Oskar und das Herzgebreche is based on book two of Andreas Steinhöfel’s hit Pasta Detectives series and follows last year’s smash, Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten.
Das Herzgebreche joins the irrepressible pair of junior detectives (Anton Petzold and Juri Winkler), now firm friends, as they become convinced that Rico’s sassy and long-suffering mother Tanya (Karoline Herfurth – Im Winter Ein Jahr, Perfume) is ensnared in a bingo-based blackmail scheme masterminded by a sharp-tongued and shady older dame (Katharina Thalbach – The Tin Drum, Sophie’s Choice) and her stuttering son (Moritz Bleibtreu – Run Lola Run, The Baader Meinhof Complex).
We consulted on much of the soundtrack, including the leading number ‘Incognito’ by Madsen, a catchy slice of driving pop punk sure to keep heads nodding long after the credits roll.
Directed by Wolfgang Groos, set in a bright and wonder-filled Berlin and lit up by animated inserts, the film is packed with adventure for younger viewers, and for their grownup sidekicks a raft of unexpected cameos from a host of German stars.
We’re delighted to have helped Oskar and Rico’s second set of escapades to the screen, and given Die Tieferschatten’s figures (over 800,000 cinema visitors joined the junior detectives’ first celluloid outing) we wish the duo and Das Herzgebreche every success!