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|Production country:||Deutschland 2014|
|Running time:||Ca. 106 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Life is an asshole! At least that's how the almost 16-year-old Charleen (Jasna Fritzi Bauer) feels. Her classmates annoy her, her mother Sabine (Heike Makatsch), power-seller on Ebay, is together with her teacher Volker (Simon Schwarz) and her father never shows up. Fascinated by everything dead - from rock stars to insects - Charleen decides on a whim to put an end to her dull existence. But this only ends with a painful cervical vertebra and a forced visit to the therapist. This is where Charleen meets Linus (Sandro Lohmann), the biggest nerd in her class. As it turns out, he also has the feeling that he doesn't really fit into this world. Even though Linus is a bit too weird for Charleen, he brings something into her life that she has long believed to be lost: Joy. An unusual friendship develops between the two, which could actually become more. But as already said: Life is an asshole...
With his debut movie "About a Girl" director Mark Monheim has staged a nice black comedy, which however tries a bit too tense to be more original than it actually is. Young outsiders who work in a funeral parlour recently appeared in "Besser als Nix", and in "Coconut Hero", too, the "life-weary" teenage hero has a very special relationship to such an institution. The lovable, somewhat weird grandmother, to whom the main character has a very special relationship, is also known from another movie with Jasna Fritzi Bauer ("Ein Tick anders") and also the preference for dead rock musicians like Kurt Cobain is a cliché that is all too gladly served. Moreover, Jasna Fritzi Bauer is again in a role that strongly reminds of her characters from "Scherbenpark" and in a certain way also from "Ein Tick anders". No question, she plays wonderfully in all these films and is not without reason one of the best up-and-coming talents in German cinema. Nevertheless, her play here doesn't seem quite as fresh and surprising as it did in her first films.
Monheim forces his comedy into a corset that it wouldn't even need. Because there are enough ideas that not only reveal a certain originality, but also a pleasant non-conformity. Charlen's sessions with her therapist or the slowly developing friendship between the morbid girl and the weird nerd are full of wonderful moments. However, some dialogues just seem too artificial and some scenes are too much about bizarreness, so that they lack the looseness they would need in order to really work. But the film can hold two very strong trump cards against it: with two extremely talented and likeable young actors.
Thanks to Jasna Fritzi Bauer and Sandro Lohmann the film also works in the more bumpy moments. And also the really beautifully drawn friendship between Charleen and her best friend Isa (Amélie Plaas-Link) make this coming-of-age comedy stand out a little bit from the common uniformity. Even though the whole thing would have had the potential to be a much better film and the staging would have had more courage to be independent, "About a Girl" has become a really worth seeing piece of German cinema, which can be quite a delight for viewers who like weird stories about growing up.
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