The Forest for the Trees | Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen
Goethe-Institut Film Series
- Sun 30 Apr 2023
- Len Lye Cinema
- Rating: PG
- Face Coverings optional
- Free Entry
- Booking recommended
- As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
- To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
A drama originally conceived as a comedy, the straightforward and uncompromising way this social and career trainwreck is rendered almost evokes the feeling of a horror film. Everything culminates in one of the most wonderful final sequences of recent German cinema.
Melanie Pröschle wants to do everything right: The dedicated young teacher from Swabia is starting a new life in Karlsruhe, has broken up with her boyfriend, is looking for connection, is full of drive and optimism. She overexerts herself preparing for unpopular class excursions, tries too hard to build up a friendship with her neighbour, doesn’t really get along with her colleagues, can’t assert herself with the children, doesn’t realize it.
At some point, hot chocolate is thrown at her. How the character, played with almost uncanny naivety by Eva Löbau, sees herself diverges so much from how others see her that you constantly want to jump in and give Melanie Pröschle a wake-up call in Maren Ade’s graduation film.
Ade’s focus on the art of acting and on a rigorously told story is applied here with the same breathtaking consistency that would later be seen in her films EVERYONE ELSE and TONI ERDMANN.
DE | 2003 | Drama | 81 min | Dir. Maren Ade | In German with English subtitles