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Nordrand (1999)

Vienna, 1995. Jasmin, Tamara, Valentin, Senad and Roman live near the northern border of Austria. Their lives repeatedly intersect and drift apart. The characters involved are young ... See full summary »

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Barbara Albert

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Barbara Albert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Proll Nina Proll ... Jasmin Schmid
Edita Malovcic ... Tamara
Astrit Alihajdaraj Astrit Alihajdaraj ... Senad
Tudor Chirila ... Valentin
Michael Tanczos Michael Tanczos ... Roman
Georg Friedrich ... Wolfgang
Martina Stojan Martina Stojan ... Sonja
Marta Klubowicz ... Jolanta
Brigitte Kren ... Gitti
Margarete Tiesel ... Jasmin's Mother (as Margarethe Tiesel)
Andreas Zorn Andreas Zorn ... Jasmin's Father
Raphaela Kenesei Raphaela Kenesei ... Nicole
Stefan Kenesei Stefan Kenesei ... Thomas
Markus Hauer Markus Hauer ... Rene
Iva Bagaric Iva Bagaric ... Marina
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Vienna, 1995. Jasmin, Tamara, Valentin, Senad and Roman live near the northern border of Austria. Their lives repeatedly intersect and drift apart. The characters involved are young migrants from the former Yugoslavia, Romania, Poland and Austria itself. Strangers in a strange land, they feel a sense of loss in their new, temporary environment. The five-some meet and get close to each other, hopelessly clinging to friendships and relationships with no future. They frequent cafés and train stations dreaming of a better tomorrow. Often, they just fall back on the prospect of short-term affection in yet another doomed romantic or sexual encounter. Trying hard to suppress the memories of war and alienation, they try to find moral strength and warmth through one another. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Austria | Germany | Switzerland

Release Date:

31 August 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Northern Skirts See more »

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Dolby Digital

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All That She Wants
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Slow Redemption
1 August 2012 | by Gareth_MohenSee all my reviews

This film was almost switched off about half an hour in due to how depressing it seemed with themes of abortion, sexual abuse and generally dreary Austrian weather. However, sticking it out was worth the pay off.

The characters in Nordrand were vivid representations of a hard-working middle class, and those oppressed by a misguided upbringing. Nina Proll's Jasmin is the most dominant, yet overcome character in this piece. Her struggle to remove herself from her home situation seems to be told through universal clichés, while still maintaining an essentially Eastern European feel.

Most enjoyable to watch is Jasmin's love hate relationship with Edita Malovcic's Tamara, as the two young women discover that each other have weaknesses, and support each other in different ways.

The most confronting part of this film is the treatment of Jasmin by her father, but luckily this is mostly glossed over from a visual perspective. But the ramification of the way he treats his children infiltrates the rest of the movie, making it an intriguing dynamic to watch Jasmin's interactions with the rest of her family. Each member is well drawn. The scene on Christmas day when Jasmin's mother brings food to the place Jasmin is working devastates as Jasmin struggles to respond to the woman who has allowed her own children to be mistreated in the worst sense.

It is great to see a city like Vienna explored through the lens without the shine it's usually given to attract tourists. The streetscapes are more reminiscent of what I felt I saw when travelling Graz. But obviously behind the shiny veneer of Mozart and Klimt there is the stories of people like Jasmin and Tamara in Nordrand.


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