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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
THE FOREST FOR THE TREES
(DER WALD VOR LAUTER BAEUMEN)
Special Jury Prize (World Cinema) Sundance Film Fest
½ "A very well put together slice of life story showing us a character that always feels one hundred percent realistic" -Film Threat
"Equally adept at sidestepping genre expectations and creating an atmosphere of oddly bracing bleakness" -Variety
Grippingly raw and truthful...Löbau astonishes, tracking [her character's] emotional changes in subtle modulations, and creating a tragic figure quietly imploding with humanity." -Cinemascope
"Disturbingly frank, compassionate... Forest is an affecting, very intelligent work, done with an eye for realism and a heart for the lonely, insulted and injured." -Chicago Tribune
Bursting with idealism, Melanie (Eva Löbau), a young and newly trained teacher from the countryside, moves to the city to start a new life and her first job at high school. Desperate to fulfill her hopes, Melanie intends to do everything the right way. "I hope you don't mind a little breath of fresh air," she announces to her colleagues as she optimistically begins her teaching career. Melanie's idealism quickly collides with the realities of running a classroom, and she soon finds herself disparaged and outmatched by her students. Her personal life fares no better, as she blunders through a series of social gaffes and missteps in an awkward and desperate attempt at friendship with her neighbor. Straightforward and deliberate in its presentation, The Forest for the Trees leads us unflinchingly through the slow and often painful unraveling of Melanie's life, to an ending that is both unnerving and surreally hopeful.
Directed by Maren Ade, 2003, Germany, 35mm, 81 mins. In German with English subtitles.