Tue Sep 22 2009
German writer-director Maren Ade follows her stunning debut, 2003’s The Forest for the Trees, with another dive into the unpleasant headspace of neurotic young adults. Her new feel-bad drama, about a sulky architect and his upbeat girlfriend, is filled with subtle showdowns and power games; the film will appeal to art-house devotees and reality-TV fans alike. These characters are spectacularly unable to conduct healthy, honest relations; you wouldn’t exactly call the movie a truthful picture of most couples, but rather a squirm-inducing quasimeltdown peopled by the emotionally retarded. The pace is nonetheless absorbing. It’s not quite the accomplishment of Ade’s previous one, but she proves herself a talent worth watching. Sunday, Oct 4 at 9pm—Joshua Rothkopf
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New York Film Festival 2009