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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 »


Jessica Hausner


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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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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


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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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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honest and brave
10 August 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee all my reviews

A portrait of claustrophobic adolescence within the confines of a bourgeois Catholic Austrian family, the 'lovely Rita' of the title appears to be a typical brooding teenager, but there are darker consequences to this seemingly everyday tale. Rita is an only child who displays classic adolescent truculence in response to the strictures of her family and school. Her parents lead a life hidebound by convention and routine – socialising with the neighbours, shooting birds for sport, and repeatedly berating Rita for her sullen attitude. There is an uneasy imbalance of power within the family, where the father's unpredictable temper creates an atmosphere of constant tension, and the mother seems to enforce the father's tyrannies with a smile of twisted satisfaction.The low tech production values create a surprisingly effective medium for this bleak exploration of family life. Not the most uplifting viewing experience, but an honest and brave approach at portraying the familiar theme of adolescent alienation in a harsh and realistic light. KR

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