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Lovely Rita (2001)

Rita is an outcast teenager in suburban Austria, misunderstood both at school, where she's disdained by classmates, and at home, where her staunchly religious mother and temperamental ... See full summary »

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Jessica Hausner

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Jessica Hausner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Osika Barbara Osika ... Rita
Christoph Bauer Christoph Bauer ... Fexi
Peter Fiala Peter Fiala ... Bus driver
Wolfgang Kostal Wolfgang Kostal ... Rita's father
Karina Brandlmayer Karina Brandlmayer ... Rita's mother
Gabriele Wurm Bauer Gabriele Wurm Bauer ... Fexi's mother
Harald Urban Harald Urban ... Fexi's father
Felix Eisier Felix Eisier ... Fexi's brother
Agnes Napieralska Agnes Napieralska ... Rita's sister
Rene Wanko Rene Wanko ... Rita's brother-in-law
Marcia Knoppel Marcia Knoppel ... Rita's niece
Ursula Pucher Ursula Pucher ... Teacher
Lili Schageri Lili Schageri ... Alex
Frau Urban Frau Urban ... Alex's mother
Bettina Grossinger Bettina Grossinger ... Colleague
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Rita is an outcast teenager in suburban Austria, misunderstood both at school, where she's disdained by classmates, and at home, where her staunchly religious mother and temperamental father bemoan her inability to fit in with their comfortable bourgeois life. When Rita sets out to seduce her school bus driver, she sets in motion a series of events that changes everyone's lives irrevocably. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

Austria | Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

2 November 2001 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Édes Rita See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Dolby

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Color
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Portrayal of a sullen teenager fails to excite
26 July 2004 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

Lovely Rita is not lovely at all. She is a sulky, deceitful, calculating teenager bent on seducing the local bus driver. She is very much an outsider at school and is the source of many arguments at home.

In the title role Barbara Osika gives a good rendition of a frustrated and unbalanced youngster, despite the fact that the script is both rather dull and uninteresting.

A couple of sex scenes are suggested rather than portrayed in any detail. The faces of the participants are immobile and unseen by the camera. The back of the young girl's head is seen blocking out the face of the bus driver. With very little movement the rest is left to the imagination of the viewer. The scene is short. One wonders if the censor has been at work here.

The director seems to have an obsession with the backs of heads, but sometimes it can be quite effective. The bus driver is filmed from behind as he sits at the wheel ( just as the passengers see him) while Rita exchanges fleeting glances with him in the mirror above his head.

It's amazing how the lid of a pedestal toilet seat can start an argument which grows from day to day to an unexpectedly very tense situation.

The final climax comes quite suddenly and adds a nice bit of drama sadly lacking in the earlier part of the film.


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