The joie de vivre, the intensity, the boys, the bathroom, the ease of relationships, (so much easier to get help in your twenties,) the mirabelles. It is not easy for grandmother, for whom the physical has begun to let her down. Very lovely film. Remembering the easy bravado and confidence of the time.
Immersed myself in this hour and a half close-up on a summer in Anna's mid twenties. At turns dark with the shadows that fall on a young life it is touchingly sad and then strobed with mischief and fun. Ana seaching for love, meaning and a focus seems to begin to find herself in the process. An unpretentous and delightful film.
A decent enough film that looks at a young woman who returns home after a bit of globetrotting and struggles to find a way to settle back into normal life. Written and directed by Rachel Lang, this is a film lifted by the lead performance (Salome Richard playing Ana) more than any other aspect.
Shaken in the opening minutes by the bellowing of a bullying boss, the film settles into a calm. Out of employment the protagonist drifts into tentative relationships and projects where gratuitous work for others is only thwarted: the DIY man’s awkward affection, the shower that the grandmother will never see or use. A beguilingly dispassionate, non-declamatory and slyly humorous film.
I just read someone review this saying the protagonist's character was 'flawed'. I couldn't think of anything more untrue, she is the embodiment of what it means to be human and a young woman in a modern world. It's that 'other' image of women, created by commercialism and neurosis that creates flawed characters always in search of unattainable 'perfection'. The characterisation is subtle and beautiful. Love Lang.
There is nothing especially striking about any of the filmic elements, and it's certainly not deep, but the overall is coherent, involving and enjoyable. Whether it will stay with me for long is another matter. This sounds like I'm damning it with faint praise but this is not my intention: Lang demonstrates an ability to strike an authentic emotional chord with unusual naturalness.
Not quite as satisfying or cohesive as the shorts but certainly worth a watch and I believe I could watch Salomé Richard on an endless loop. A wonderful young actress whom should be destined for great things. Rachel Lang's assured direction is that of a filmmaker many years her senior.
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.