I am curious about this young german cinema and wanted to explore a bit further. An intriguing second feature with an weird script and a great Jeanne Balibar as usual (she can act in german, no problem, she can do basically everything). Even when it is hard to follow, "Im Alter von Ellen" has a captivating quality. I guess the second half is a bit weaker but never replicate or imitate. Splendid last shot.
A film about self-discovery, about inevitable confusion, strange coincidences, those small and sometimes trivial life changing events that catch you off guard and lead to a cross-road. I liked the subtle humour. It's by no means an action film, but a charming, perhaps a bit sad story about life and how it (sometimes almost literally) guides you into unknown territories...
A German flight attendant's life spirals downward after she leaves her husband, quits her job, and joins a radical group of animal rights activists. Not as much fun as that may sound. Ellen herself is a bit of a cipher. Not exactly sure what is wrong with her but something is definitely wrong. You do watch to see what happens next but really, I could care less about Ellen herself.
Not the most moving film, but it probably resonates with those feeling aimless in life. For me, I didn't connect with Ellen at all. She had no backbone and was easily led around. The hardcore animal activists were interesting, but not enough to carry this dull movie.
Jeanne Balibar stars as Ellen, a flight attendant who finds herself having a bit of a mid-life crisis that leads to her pursuing a very different patth from the one she is already on. I thought it was a great character study, providing a rare female spin on the kind of film we usually see featuring male characters. Ellen is a flawed character, but she's making many mistakes as she tries to right herself again.
The story follows the troubled life of Ellen (played wonderfully by Jeanne Balibar) as she drifts from one bad situation to the next. Through a series of self-created tribulations, Ellen finds herself out of work, out of love, out of a home, out of money and out of meaning for her life. The narrative ducks and weaves, so, much like Ellen, we are constantly caught off-guard and must hold on to right ourselves.
It certainly leaves you with no certainty. I would almost classify it as a "coming of age" genre but there is no resolution. Which, as a middle-aged woman at a turning point, I can say that is nearly exactly what it feels like to be a middle-aged woman at a turning point. Liminality at it's most liminal. Well-played even if it's not the sort of movie that leaves you feeling up!
I thought this was an interesting film showing a woman's progression from airline stewardess to committed animal rights activist sparked by the breakup of her marriage. Her journey is well presented and I never was bored though this is not an action film so if that is what you want look elsewhere.