Helena (Julia Hummer) is an actress and a sex worker. She has a daughter, a strained relationship with her mother (Susanne Bredehöft) and is always looking for new possibilities. When she is approached to organize a special event with some of her colleagues, Helena takes the chance. But the event is not your usual escort gig.
Top Girl is a complex approach to sex work that I don’t necessarily agree with, but it gives the topic more thought than a lot of other films and it knows how to work emotions.
In the outskirts of Vienna, the young people are restless. Every so often, there are fights with the police. During one of these fights, Karim’s (Karim Cherif) brother is hurt pretty badly and falls into a coma. Karim manages to steal the gun of one of the policemen and swears that he will kill a policeman, should his brother die. His best friends Daniil (Daniel Wagner) and David (David Wurawa) try to talk some sense into him but sense is hard to get when your existence is shaped by destruction and hate.
[Wasn’t that last sentence utterly poetic? *eyeroll* Anyway, moving on.]
The play takes place at an old, empty factory which gives Schmidt a lot of opportunity to play with the locations and the audience, and he does so with joy. Though that doesn’t always work perfectly, the talented cast and the story itself make more than up for the shortcomings there.