High-level entertainment of modest means. A real sleeper (as they used to say). What kind of person would you be if you were not won over by this movie? I don't even want to know. Want nuffin to do wit 'em. Right off the bat, Ade shows herself to be a deft ironic practitioner of a no-bullshit humanism better than humanism. And this from a guy who normally does not like to cringe at protagonists being humiliated.
I've rarely seen something as cringe-inducing and psychologically merciless as the view Ade offers in this no-budget naturalistic piece. It progresses from hilarious to humiliating, cringeworthy, darkly comical, and suicidal. Most remarkably, we feel with the protagonist, but in many respects cannot identify. Incidentally, if she were male, she'd be called a stalker.
We all can relate to the loneliness our protagonist Melanie is feeling. "The Forest for the Trees is" not a visually beautiful film but no doubt a successful, simple story. As her emotional and mental states lose stability, her apartment, once tidy, descends into a mirrored state of disarray and confusion. The subtle touches of this film make it memorable and heart-warming; you just want to give Melanie a long hug.
This is excellent. MUBI's claim about the maleness of the Berlin School is questionable, though. The core of the BS includes, IMO, 3 women (of 8 "members"): Ade, Grisebach, & Schanelec. Maria Speth might be another director one could include. (In Germany on and off a few other female directors had been mentioned.). So, compared to many other "waves" in film history, this is a pretty decent percentage, I think.