When Ana finishes a job she hates as runner on a big film shoot in Belgium, she makes an impulse decision to change her plans. Over the course of a summer, during which a broken love affair briefly blossoms again and Ana’s grandmother has to go into hospital, Ana does her best to cope with life.
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This is a full-length film which feels like the development of the life of 26 year old Ana from the short, White Turnips. Her relaxed attitude and androgyny among the meagre tower blocks results in pregnancy,listlessness and grief following the death of her grandma. A rootless soul with an uncertain future in bathroom repairs ...The ironic title refers to the affluent spa town.
At its finest moments Baden Baden is an extremely vibrant story that shows beautiful character through its flawed protagonist. With an incredible performance by Salomé Richards, Lang's end to the Ana trilogy is awkward, charming, devastating, and ultimately hopeful.
Reminded me of my amazement when I first saw the films of Chantal Akerman. Same here: moments from my & other friend's lives as young women. Yes, taking care of the aging grandparents. Yes, trying to retrofit the bathtub via DIY repairs. Yes, dealing with narcissistic parents & their egocentric death fantasies. Yes, the road trips & visits with exes. Yes, floundering to find a "real" career. Lost but not lost. Brava.
I loved being in her company, I feel like an older version of her, life is slightly all over the place isn't it? She is not very careful with some things and with others just determined. Yes, the shorts (and her shorts) made it even better. The end was nice and the music is on Spotify which is nice
An excellent trilogy, honest, natural, funny and sad. The structure works really well, two shorts to whet your appetite then the feature length to explore her life in more detail. I love the pink credits at the end as well, and the final music. Well done Rachel Lang. And Salome Richard.
A film of vignettes almost that does not work as a whole. Lang tries to recapture the spirit of her earlier shorts and work it in a 100-min long feature but fails to pack enough cohesive narrative and soul into this piece. It feels like she is struggling to fill the boots of bigger enterprises and the bubble is starting to burst. Lang now shows her limitations and narrow scope and here fails to come with fresh ideas.