'MaPa', the sad comedy about fatherhood

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It’s her 30th birthday, but Metin doesn’t have the body for parties. Not even to receive visits from his friends. It’s only been six months since his girlfriend and his daughter’s mother died suddenly and the world fell on him. Nor does he seem willing to allow himself to be helped by his mother and friends. Not ready to move on, not yet. Now Metin is discovering a new reality, in which he has to find a nursery for his daughter, take care of her alone and try to cope with the return to work (screenwriter of a series with a protagonist who seems inspired by him). His world is now only made up of him and his daughter, nothing more. And nothing less.

Map (in Filmin) It’s a sad comedy, quite sad. But instead of looking for the easy tear, it invites identification with its protagonist through the situations in which it finds itself. Alexander Lindh, the creator of this half-hour six-episode German series, had the idea on a trip with his partner and their young daughter, when he suddenly wondered what would become of him if he were left alone with the girl if a misfortune occurred. . The original point of view and the way of telling the story stand out, with constant jumps to the past and fragmented plots, as well as the ability to combine a slight smile with tenderness. It is sad, yes, but it does not manage to expel the viewer who does not want to suffer because he does not enjoy that pain.

Lia von Blarer and Max Mauff, in the sixth chapter of ‘MaPa’.Filmin

Of course, if you are looking for laughter, you better go somewhere else. Other comedies about motherhood and fatherhood now airing do get laughs. So much Blessed patience (its second season brings it week by week HBO Spain) as Motherland (recently released in COSMO, also week by week), they manage, with touches of cynicism and paternal empathy, to reach laughter also using recognizable situations for both parents and those who do not have children. In Spanish territory, the best example of a comedy about fatherhood is the great look what you have done, much more prone to laughter than Map even though it also tackles painful and dramatic issues.

The German proposal strikes a chord with a lost protagonist in life who rejects the help of his mother (with experience in raising children alone), but connects almost instantly with another man he has just met and who has also raised his daughter as widower. The last chapter of the series focuses on Emma, ​​the girl’s mother, to show the hours before her death and thus finish closing a story that could have given itself, but that in these six pills is sufficiently drawn not to miss nothing and don’t tire of it too much.

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