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The young filmmaker Carolin Genreith is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In a little more than 600 days she will turn 30. And since nothing is as she imagined at 16, she does not even want to imagine what it will be like at 40, 50 or even 60. Carolin doesn't want to get older, doesn't want her body to become a victim of gravity and doesn't want her days to be spent only on Nordic walking and other pensioner activities. A visit to her mother's home in the Eifel should ease the excitement a little. And the Berlin-born woman of choice is amazed when she meets her mother Biggi completely relaxed and happy. And that could also be - how embarrassing - because Biggi and other older ladies have discovered a new hobby for themselves: belly dancing. But even if the filmmaker is first exposed to a good deal of foreign shame, she soon has to realize that belly dancing gives her mother and her friends Marita and Birgit a joie de vivre that doesn't make aging seem as horrible as Carolin thought it would be&.hellip;
"Die mit dem Bauch tanzen" is a very entertaining documentary, which not only works as a portrait of three women, but also as a discussion of the director with her once so hated homeland and her own generation. She herself, with a certain self-irony, distinguishes herself as a very neurotic representative of a generation that is actually never satisfied with itself and wants everything, but therefore does not actually get what really makes her happy. And now, in her homeland of all places, which she has always considered to be extremely stuffy and provincial, she meets a group of women who don't care about sagging breasts, wrinkles and wobbling bellies, who have found their place in life and are simply happy. Carolin Genreith wants to find out how that can be by accompanying her mother and her two girlfriends with the camera.
Out came very open and unaffected snapshots in which Biggi, for example, tells us that the most unfortunate time in her life was actually her 20s, in which she was constantly searching. Only now, after she separated from her husband after 25 years of marriage, found a new love and discovered belly dancing for herself, she feels arrived and really happy. Marita, the founder of the belly dance group, reveals her secret to a happy marriage that she has been leading with her husband for 37 years and introduces Carolin to her 91-year-old mother. Those who know her would no longer be afraid of old age - an assertion that the filmmaker cannot completely escape. And Birgit finally reveals, how she finds support in her life through painting, that a stroke of fate has severely shaken her. The openness with which the women talk about getting older, the self-confidence that they show in belly dancing and the general joy of life they radiate make the film absolutely worth watching from the beginning to its wonderful finale in Paris. Sometimes spiced with very lifelike humor, which reminds a little of Sung Hyung Cho's "Full Metal Village", sometimes very moving, but throughout charming this documentary presents itself, which not only hobby belly dancers will enjoy. Absolutely worth seeing!
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