In My Room (2018)

In My Room
Director: Ulrich Köhler
Writer: Ulrich Köhler
Cast: Hans Löw, Elena Radonicich, Michael Wittenborn, Ruth Bickelhaupt, Kathrin Resetarits
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 2.11.2018

Armin (Hans Löw) is growing older, though you couldn’t tell it from the life he’s living or the women he’s hitting on. It’s obvious that things can’t go on much longer the way they are. But it’s not Armin who gives in – he wakes up one morning and the world is changed around him: he seems to be the only person left. In this wasteland, Armin has to build himself a new life, relying only on himself.

It is interesting to contrast and compare In My Room with The Wall, but other than that there was little that I enjoyed about watching it. I found it pretty exhausting to be quite honest.

the film poster showing a man riding a horse in a desolate landscape.
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Kosmonautensehnsucht (2016)

Kosmonautensehnsucht [literally: Cosmonaut Longing]
Director: Catharina Göldner
Writer: Catharina Göldner
Cast: Katharina Behrens, Jan Jaroszek, Nadja Stübinger, Moritz Vierboom, Ina Tempel, Alexander Höchst, Ruth Bickelhaupt, Annekatrin Grimm
Part of: FrauenFilmTage
Seen on: 3.3.2018

Miriam (Katharina Behrens) works as a stage manager in the theater. When it closes over the summer, Miriam has nothing to do but wait that her big love, a cosmonaut, returns to earth. But she’s keeping her waiting and summer becomes really long. And when an astrologist tells her that the cosmonaut isn’t the person for, instead she has to find somebody who was born January 19, 1985 at 3.30am. So Miriam starts looking.

Kosmonautensehnsucht is only 60 minutes long and has absolutely no budget to speak of and yet it manages to be one of the most charming, strong films I’ve seen in a long time. A wonderful little film.

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Dicke Mädchen [Heavy Girls] (2012)

Dicke Mädchen
Director: Axel Ranisch
Writer: Axel Ranisch, Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner
Cast: Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner, Ruth Bickelhaupt
Part of: identities Festival

Sven (Heiko Pinkowski) lives with his mother Edeltraut (Ruth Bickelhaupt) in a small apartment. Edeltraut suffers from dementia, so Sven hired Daniel (Peter Trabner) to take care of her while he is at work. But one day, Edeltraut locks Daniel on the balcony and then heads out of the apartment on her own. The ensuing search brings Sven and Daniel closer together, much to Sven’s happiness, as he had a crush on Daniel for a while.

Dicke Mädchen is a super-low-budget film. And that’s quite noticeable in the lack of technology quality. But the actors are amazing, the film is really funny and it just has an excellent heart. So never mind that it isn’t really HD.


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