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Already for the tiny house? After these films you will know

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Anyone looking for “Tiny Houses” on Netflix will be bombarded: with documentaries about striving for more minimalist living, futuristic mini-huts in the forest, interior design tricks and a critical view of society.

And the idea is tempting. Those who occupy less living space pay less rent, leave space for others and don’t have enough storage space to buy half of Amazon empty in a weak moment. Tiny houses lure with the promise of asceticism or at least that of a more frugal life.

But life in a confined space is not made for everyone. Our five streaming tips take a look at the various extreme living situations and help assess whether you are ready for this unusual living space.

Stressed out by roommates ?: “The Experiment”

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If you are annoyed by your roommates, you quickly feel like you are in prison in the shared flat. Hopefully it will not be quite as critical as in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “The Experiment” from 2001. The film shows the escalation of an aggression study in which ten volunteer men are put into the roles of prisoners and guards.

The latter quickly and without mercy begin to exploit their supposed position of authority and to act out fantasies of power in the group of prisoners. The experiment slips away from the scientists, however, and soon it becomes a matter of life and death. Maybe the flight to the tiny house would have brought a little more balance to the matter?

Ripe for a stylish hut: “Malcolm & Marie”

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Anyone who is toying with the idea of ​​moving into a tiny house is sure to have a clear picture in mind. It should look cool. But also be functional. Maybe try living first? At least that’s how Malcolm and Marie do it in the Netflix film of the same name. He’s a filmmaker, she’s his girlfriend. Both come from the intoxicating premiere of his debut film and make themselves comfortable in a magnificent building donated by the studio.

And then the relationship quarrel of her life breaks out. The two not only have to reposition themselves within their relationship, but also in an unfamiliar environment. Because Malcolm (John David Washington) and Marie (Zendaya) are characters with rough edges, repressed memories that stand in clear contrast to the clear lines, large windows and the shiny stainless steel fittings of the apartment building. “Malcolm & Marie” kills two birds with one stone: The film offers entertaining heated verbal battles and aesthetic inspiration for your tiny house at the same time.

Finally peace: “Moon”

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Anyone who opts for a tiny house will probably have to deal with living alone. Because depending on the variant, there is not much space left for the partner or even a family.

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is also familiar with loneliness in Duncan Jones’ “Moon”. Completely alone he toiled on a moon base and after three years of monotonous maloche longs for his replacement. But then suddenly another man appears who looks a lot like Bell … “Moon” is a masterpiece of claustrophobia, which manages to walk a tightrope: Like Sam Bell, the viewer is never completely clear whether the protagonist has already gone mad and delusional or the truth shown turns out to be a terrifying reality.

Work undisturbed on his projects: “Ex Machina”

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Once you have moved into the tiny house (and hopefully in your right mind), there is finally the space to work in peace on this one project that you have always wanted to tackle. But please don’t take it to extremes like Nathan (Oscar Isaac) and Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) – even if it’s damn exciting and, above all from an ethical point of view, complex like this film.

In “Ex Machina”, the programmer played by Gleeson is invited to visit his boss (Isaac), who lives in the middle of nowhere (the location was, among other things, the beautiful forests of Norway). And he has big plans for him and abuses the introverted Caleb to carry out a Turing test on an android Ava (Alicia Vikander) developed by him. It quickly becomes clear that the two of them are getting over their heads.

Think about the big questions of the world: “The shaft”

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So if this one project doesn’t grow beyond your head, you will also have time to think about the big issues, that is to say, in the Faustian sense, to find out what holds the world together at heart.

And that’s what the Spanish “The Shaft” is all about. In it, Goreng (Ivan Massagué) wakes up one day and finds himself in a cell that lets you see through a hole in the floor and ceiling into the cell below and above. This forms a shaft through which a platform laden with food descends floor by floor and only stops for two minutes at each level. At each stop, as much can be devoured as the limited time allows.

In theory, there should be enough for everyone on the plentifully covered platter. But the greed of the imprisoned ensures that only gnawed bones arrive at the bottom. “Der Schacht” thus not only becomes an entertaining, dystopian allegory of our capitalist society. In passing – or rather: driving past – he explains the idealistic trickle-down theory, which in reality is hardly as propagated: the thesis that the income growth experienced by the wealthy in a society gradually increases Seeped through middle classes and the poor of society.


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