|Laufzeit:||Ca. 91 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||German (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Extras:||Audio commentary, making of, casting tapes, rehearsals, outtakes, dropped and alternative scenes, interview, trailer|
|Label:||Capelight Pictures / X-Verleih|
Film: Sarah (Muriel Wimmer) is thirteen years old. Actually, a child, you'd think. But the time when Sarah still played with dolls is long gone. Now boys are the most important thing in the student's life. For her and her girlfriend Charly (Antonia Putiloff) sex has been everyday life for a long time. Sarah doesn't really care who she goes to bed with. Until she meets the 18 year old Lukas (Joseph Konrad Bundschuh). He seems really interested in her and not just in sex. For the first time the girl feels something like a need for a real relationship. But whether Luke sees it the same way seems questionable. Until now, girls were only a way for him to earn fast money. He secretly lets his buddy Diggnsäck (Philipp Kubitza) film him having sex and then passes these clips on for a fee. So are his feelings for Sarah really real? Or is she just another involuntary actress for him in his sex films?
"Little Thirteen" is the graduate film of filmmaker Christian Klandt for his diploma at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg, which was created with the support of X-Verleih. For the story, Klandt and screenwriter Catrin Lüth did intensive research and talked to many people of the age group they portrayed here. Occupied with mostly unconsumed faces and atmospherically kept very authentic, Klandt has succeeded in creating a very strong drama, which seems a little overdone here and there, but can leave an extremely intense impression overall.
There are two aspects, which the film reproduces in a frighteningly realistic way and which are extremely important as a basis for discussion. On the one hand there is the role of Sarah's single mother Doreen (Isabell Gerschke). Since she has got her daughter very young, she sees herself more as her friend and less as her mother - a phenomenon that can be observed far too often. She wears the same clothes as her daughter, is interested in the same types and is extremely revealing in front of her daughter. The pedagogical person she should be and who desperately needs a girl like Sarah is not a mother like Doreen.
The mother's lack of sense of responsibility is of course also transferred to her daughter. And that's the second aspect that makes Little Thirteen so important. The teenagers portrayed here lack any sense of respect for their own bodies and for others, any sense of responsibility or shame. If Charly doesn't mind that Diggnsäck doesn't have a condom with her ("I want to have my fun now") or if Sarah wonders why Lukas doesn't want to have sex with her right away ("This is the second time we'll see each other"), it becomes clear what consequences it can have if children are taught no boundaries, scruples or shame.
The film is an uncomfortable and sometimes hard to bear portrait of a generation in which a lack of perspective and a certain social network superficiality determine the lives of young people who were far too few children and who feel far too early that they have to be adults. Surely the whole thing is not easy entertainment, but extremely heavy food. In addition, there are a few small clichés or dramaturgical weaknesses here and there. But all in all Christian Klandt has succeeded in creating a really haunting and important youth drama for which there is also a deserved "worth seeing"!
image + sound: The film presents itself on the DVD in a very authentic look, which is achieved in particular by the harmonious colour scheme, well tuned contrasts and the tidy image sharpness. The sound is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which is dominated primarily by the dialogues, but can also score every now and then with rich bass and decent surround sound. Good!
Extras: The DVD has a lot of additional material to offer. It starts with an informative audio commentary, which director Christian Klandt recorded together with the author Catrin Lüth. In a relaxed atmosphere, the two of them talk about various aspects of the shooting, the research and the actors and provide the listener with some really interesting information. In addition there is a good Making of (approx. 22 min.), as well as scenes from the casting (approx. 8 min.) and from the rehearsals (approx. 7:30 min.). Missing and alternative scenes, optionally with audio commentary (approx. 45 min.), as well as some outtakes (approx. 4:30 min.) and the trailer are also included on the disc. Finally, there is a conversation with Petra Winkler from Pro Familia on the subject of the film (approx. 7:30 min.).)
Fazit: "Little Thirteen" is a rather uncomfortable film that deals in a rather unembellished way with a disillusioned generation that seems to lack any sense of responsibility and respect and that is driven only by social network superficialities and not by real future perspectives. The drama may get lost in somewhat stilted moments and easy clichés every now and then, but it leaves a lasting impression just because of the strong performances of the actors. Not an easy fare, but anyone who appreciates thought-provoking newcomer cinema from Germany should definitely watch this film. The DVD is technically well implemented and also convinces with extensive and informative bonus material. Recommended
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