German comedy tackles refugee crisis – but reviews are mixed

Willkommen bei den Hartmanns takes humorous look at how Germans deal with the new arrivals – but critics say refugee protagonist is little more than plot device

The refugee crisis may have divided Germany and sown discord in family households, but it could ultimately help the country be more at ease with its new-found liberal identity. That is the optimistic thesis proposed by the country’s first refugee-themed comedy.

Willkommen bei den Hartmanns (Welcome to the Hartmanns’), which features some of Germany’s biggest stars and opens in cinemas on Thursday, tells the story of Diallo, a Nigerian asylum seeker who is taken in by a family in a posh district of Munich after mother Angelika, a retired headteacher played by Senta Berger, visits a local refugee shelter.

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