MISSION ULJA FUNK (Berlinale 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Barbara Kronenbgerg’s Mission Ulja Funk is a lollipop-colored kids road movie that centers around 12 year-old science nerd Ulja. Playfully teasing out the tensions between faith and science, old and young, Mission Ulja Funk by no means reinvents the wheel, but it absolutely has no intention of doing so. Fresh, joyful, and never patronizing the complex, fearless protagonist, Mission Ulja Funk feels like one of those movies for which it feels the phrase “for the young and young at heart” was invented.

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