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The Forest for the Trees (2003)
"Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen" (original title)

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As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.

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Melanie Pröschle
Daniela Holtz ...
Tina Schaffner
Jan Neumann ...
Thorsten Rehm
Ilona Schulz ...
Frau Sussmann (as Ilona Christina Schulz)
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Tobias
Heinz Röser-Dümmig ...
Lutger Reinhardt
Martina Eckrich ...
Renate Pföhler
Nina Fiedler ...
Bine
Hans-Rüdiger Kucich ...
Gerd Postweiler
Ruth Köppler ...
Elvira Fischer-Walter
Achim Enchelmaier ...
Bernd
Monika Hirschle ...
Melanies Mutter
Volker Jeck ...
Melanies Vater
Hans-Peter Gastiger ...
Recycler
Andreas Bornhardt ...
Garden Center Worker
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As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.

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27 January 2005 (Germany)  »

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The Forest for the Trees  »

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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The school scenes were shot at the school where the director's mother was teaching. Both of her parents are teachers. See more »

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References Sex and the City (1998) See more »

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He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot
Performed by Grandaddy
Courtesy of V2
Written by Jason Lytle
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. o/b/o Genghis Music, Deadlineless & Jason Lytle
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Ouch. A Painful FIlm to Watch.
7 July 2006 | by (Louisiana) – See all my reviews

Eva Loebau plays Melanie, an almost socially retarded young teacher who moves to Karlsruhe to begin her career. Her shyness and painfully embarrassing inability to read people makes for one social and career error after another.

She awkwardly befriends a hip and attractive neighbor and then, with her pathetic neediness and constant visits (not to mention her failure to understand subtle interpersonal cues) drives the neighbor to hate her. This, coupled with her legion of problems at work, precipitates Melanie's mental breakdown.

The subject matter, direction, and Loebau's acting makes the film VIBRATE with unease and tension which makes parts of the film almost impossible to watch. Add to this the fact that it was shot on video, giving it a "you are there" realism, and you may need a shot of homemade schnapps to keep from squirming.

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