A E I O U – Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe [A E I O U – A Quick Alphabet of Love] (2022)

A E I O U – Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe
Director: Nicolette Krebitz
Writer: Nicolette Krebitz, Valeska Grisebach
Cast: Sophie Rois, Udo Kier, Milan Herms, Nicolas Bridet, Moritz Bleibtreu
Seen on: 7.7.2022

Anna (Sophie Rois) is an actress, but she’s been having a hard time finding jobs. Due to her outspoken nature, she is considered difficult, and she isn’t young anymore. Her landlord and friend Michel (Udo Kier) has been patient with rent, but he won’t be patient forever, probably. So Anna decides to take on a student as a vocal coach. Said student is Adrian (Milan Herms), a young boy who needs help with a theater project to pass his class. Adrian also happens to have stolen Anna’s purse not too long ago. Anna finds herself intrigued with him, and takes him on as a student regardless. Adrian, too, finds himself fascinated by Anna, and their lessons soon take on a different nature.

A E I O U is an unusual film, not only in the central pairing, but also because it dares to give an older woman an amour fou. It’s funny, and romantic in a fucked up way, but above all, it’s free(ing).

The film poster showing Adrian (Milan Herms) and Anna (Sophie Rois) running through the street with makeshift newspaper masks.
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Wild (2016)

Director: Nicolette Krebitz
Writer: Nicolette Krebitz
Cast: Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich, Silke Bodenbender, Saskia Rosendahl, Pit Bukowski
Seen on: 27.7.2016

Ania (Lilith Stangenberg) lives a quiet life. Her sister (Saskia Rosendahl) just moved out, leaving her the apartment for herself. Apart from her boss’ (Georg Friedrich) temper, things at work are calm as well. But then Ania sees a wolf in the small patch of forest next to her apartment building and she becomes obsessed with capturing it.

Wild is a strange film, but in the best sense. It’s open to a lot of interpretation, although to me it clearly tells the story of a woman who discovers and falls in love with her own wild side. And we could stand more films of that kind.



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