English title: The Golden Glove
Along with Spiral
and Koko-di, Koko-da
, Der goldene Handschuh
was definitely one of the films that made the strongest impression from Ramaskrik 2019. Based on the novel with the same name, it portrays the german serial killer Fritz Honka, who between 1970 and 1975 killed at least four prostitutes from the Hamburg Reeperbahn district. The film gets the name from his regular hangout, the bar where he aøsp picked up his women. This is a gritty and dirty film. Both the scenery and the characters feels run down, dirty and obsolete. Honka, played by Jonas Dassler is an utterly unsympathetic alcoholic with no prospect of a future. The other characters we meet at the goldene Handschuh isn't any better. The environment and atmosphere is perfectly portrayed in the film, almost to the extent you can smell it.
I felt dirty after watching this film. I think you will do too. Bring pickled sausages, a glass of mustard, and enjoy. This is a ride into a dirty social realism that will linger with you for a long time. Highly recommended!