And Tomorrow the Entire World
By John Sooja,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Antifascism drama fails to inspire; cursing, violence, drugs
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Nonviolent means and methods of protest and demonstration are safer and more ethical than violent forms of protest. White nationalism and Nazis should be condemned.
Positive Role Models
Luisa is a smart law student looking for a good cause. Despite what others might think, she takes it seriously. She wants to fight oppression. Others around her are also good people fighting the good fight, living collectively and frugally. Luisa's best friend, Batte, for example, strongly advocates for nonviolent means of resistance and protest. Main characters are all White.
Violence & Scariness
Some fighting, a few chase scenes, and some gory scenes involving sewing up a nasty leg wound caused by a broken bottle and the skinning, butchering, degutting, and hanging of real rabbits, following a brief scene of hunting them. During fights, young adults are pushed, punched, kicked, and stabbed. One woman gets chased, pushed over roughly, and has her face pressed violently against the ground. She’s also aggressively grabbed and held in the crotch while pinned down. She later has nightmares that replay in different variations her assault. A man gets knocked out by a metal pipe. A group of people start a gang fight. People are hit and a few are stabbed. A group of people demolish a bunch of cars, tires, and car windows. A brawl breaks out between two rival groups. A woman takes a rifle and aims it at a bunch of different people but doesn't shoot. A group of people sing a racist song with hateful language over and over. A building and storage area space explodes. People train, box, and spar in a gym.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman walks in on a man receiving oral sex from a woman. Adults romantically kiss and cuddle. One couple make out on a bed and later wake up in the morning next to each other. Characters occasionally discuss sex and relationships.
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Some instances of strong language include: "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," "a--hole," and "piss off."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults and young adults often smoke cigarettes and drink beer or wine. One scene features young adults snorting cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that And Tomorrow the Entire World is a German drama about a group of antifascists figuring out how to best oppose the rise of neo-Nazis in their area. While the targets of the Nazis' hate are "Blacks, Jews, and immigrants," the main characters are all young, White, and wealthy (the main character's father is a baron). There's some violence, including fist-to-fist fighting, brawls, stabbings, a man smashing another man's head with a metal pipe, and an assault and over-the-jeans groping of a woman pushed to the ground. A gory scene features rabbit hunting and some of the butchery process afterwards, including degutting. Some young adults snort cocaine, drink beer and wine, and constantly smoke cigarettes. People often talk of causing harm to others, blowing things up, and fighting back with violence. As far as sexual content, one woman walks in on a man receiving oral sex from a woman, and a few scenes show people romantically kissing. Sexual intercourse between two people is implied. Strong language includes "f--k" variants, "s--t," and "a--hole."
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What's the Story?
AND TOMORROW THE ENTIRE WORLD is about Luisa (Mala Emde), a wealthy law student who joins a group of resistance-minded, communal-living, peacefully-protesting antifascists. Yet some of them, like the charismatic Alfa (Noah Saavedra), might want more than just song singing and banner painting. Some think that everyone just laughs at them. How might they get everyone to take them seriously? After all, the Nazis don't care about them, so why should they care about the Nazis? Ultimately, how far will they be willing to go?
Is It Any Good?
This German drama doesn't add anything new to the "how far will a peaceful group push violence as a means of resistance" formula. While there's a lot to admire in And Tomorrow the Entire World (the acting, writing, and overall production quality is top-tier), there's also a lot to question.
Mainly, it will be hard for some viewers to get behind the main characters, to care about and for them, as they often come across more like rich, bored, mid-twenties slackers looking for something to do. Despite being on the right side of justice (Nazis bad, antifascism good), the film still mistakes whose story should really be focused on. Certainly, making main character Luisa the daughter of a baron and very wealthy is part of the film's commentary on some leftist activist groups (that some members aren't really serious or "in it all the way"), but the entire film is about 2-3 rich, White, young, attractive people and those around them that they end up hurting and causing trouble. What would this story look like if it was about people the Nazis despise (Blacks, Jews, and immigrants)? For one, some viewers might have more reason to care about the journey of Luisa, when she comes to her moment of "what was it all for?" And finally, the final scene might dangerously suggest to some that the film advocates violence.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in political movies, protest films, and movies in general. While there's some violence in And Tomorrow the Entire World, the movie is also about whether violence is ever justified when opposing injustice. What do you think the film suggests?
Beside being a part of something and being a part of a cause, what else is Luisa searching for? At any point, she could just go home. Why doesn't she?
Do you think the cause Luisa fights for (or any cause, for that matter) is worth risking your life over? Why or why not?
- In theaters: May 18, 2020
- On DVD or streaming: May 6, 2021
- Cast: Mala Emde, Noah Saavedra, Tonio Schneider, Andreas Lust
- Director: Julia von Heinz
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Drama
- Run time: 111 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 19, 2023
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