Når Ana fullfører en jobb hun hater, gjør hun en impulsiv avgjørelse for å forandre planene sine. I løpet av sommeren, hvor en gammel kjærlighet blomstrer igjen og Anas bestemor må på sykehuset, gjør Ana så godt hun kan for å takle livet.
Klimakset i Ana Trilogy, Rachel Langs debut slipper løs en sjelden energi, både smittsom og rørende. Med en balanse av komedie og tragedie, har Lang skapt en unik unisex heltinne som minner om Frances Ha.
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.
Equally sorrowful, playful and amusing. This full length weaves together snapshots similar to those that were presented in Lang's earlier shorts, revisiting topics of unquestioning love, troubled romance, feminism, the end of youth and deriving strength. It seemed at first that there wasn't enough to make this feature length, but the character of Ana builds satisfyingly over the time for a masterful close.
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.
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.
There are spots on Ana's cheek & neck in "For you," "White Turnips" "Baden Baden." Through Ana's Trilogy, she joined in French army, broke up with her boyfriend, renovate grandmother's bath, got back together with boyfriend, grew up & changed. But that childlike spots, by being still there, tell about something steady in changing life, which also are origin of loveliness in "Baden Baden" with so cute Salomé Richard.