The forest for the trees

The forest for the trees

The forest for the trees

  The young, well-behaved and rather naive Pröschle teacher Melanie (Eva Löbau) from Schwaben comes to her first real job in the Baden “Metropolis” in Karlsruhe. Here, she has made herself, she wants to do everything right, because everyone has his own fortune. So it is natural for them that it is shiny and in an exemplary job and also with the new neighbors well understood, and there are therefore introducing the house only once meant nice gifts. She has learned to the young woman just can not help but behave exactly the same way.

But Melanie Pröschle good nature and naiveté is mercilessly exploited by their environment. Your students turn out to be merciless monsters who want the perceived weakness of the ausreizen “new” to the limits of endurance, the dear colleagues loathe to bear the “fresh air”, the woman Pröschle with the best intentions in the school, and begin to Mrs mob immediately to the most violent. And even the only colleague who keeps her, Thorsten Rehm (Jan Neumann), seems selfish intentions with his clumsy attempts at rapprochement have. The school is increasingly becoming the gauntlet, and soon it can no longer hide that Melanie Pröschle things no longer under control.

Unfortunately, it runs very much private. As Melanie, the boutique owner Tina (Daniela Holtz gets to know), she has finally found a girlfriend. But Tina does not condone the “hillbilly” simply because it was just dumped by her boyfriend. And soon it will be the visits and Melanie’s care too much, so that they become more and more withdrawn. The frustrated teacher do not want to admit, however, and begins to more and more humble, to not completely lose the ground under his feet.

It hurts downright, the protagonist in Maren Ade’s debut film The forest for the trees watch, and not because the story or the lead actress would be so bad – quite the contrary. Eva Löbaus interpretation of the young and naive schoolteacher from the Swabian province is so irritating, and close-to-life intensity, one can not help but between horror and pity and suppressed laughter sway, remains the one presently stuck in the throat. Again and again we think people recognize that one has also taken time somewhere, annoying people who think it is actually a good thing and that’s why unspeakable. And in a moment so the whole dilemma is palpable: Melanie’s quest for love and a little recognition, the ruthlessness of the environment on their clumsy actions, the growing silence and all the tragedy that lies behind it, a life that might actually be good , and that’s doomed to failure. A film that goes to a secret, quietly under the skin, and one can not get rid of.

Title: The forest for the trees Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2003 Length: 81 (Min) Rental: Time Bandits Film Distribution

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