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The Forest for the Trees (2003)

Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 January 2005 (Germany)
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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Maren Ade

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Maren Ade
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Löbau ... Melanie Pröschle
Daniela Holtz ... Tina Schaffner
Jan Neumann Jan Neumann ... Thorsten Rehm
Ilona Schulz Ilona Schulz ... Frau Sussmann (as Ilona Christina Schulz)
Robert Schupp ... Tobias
Heinz Röser-Dümmig Heinz Röser-Dümmig ... Lutger Reinhardt
Martina Eckrich Martina Eckrich ... Renate Pföhler
Nina Fiedler Nina Fiedler ... Bine
Hans-Rüdiger Kucich Hans-Rüdiger Kucich ... Gerd Postweiler
Ruth Köppler Ruth Köppler ... Elvira Fischer-Walter
Achim Enchelmaier Achim Enchelmaier ... Bernd
Monika Hirschle Monika Hirschle ... Melanies Mutter
Volker Jeck Volker Jeck ... Melanies Vater
Hans-Peter Gastiger Hans-Peter Gastiger ... Recycler
Andreas Bornhardt Andreas Bornhardt ... Garden Center Worker
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Storyline

A young German school teacher begins a new job, a fresh start to hopeful future. She has a vision of her life as a trusted teacher and beloved member of her new neighborhood. Things begin to slip, plans don't quite match her expectations and she falls behind in her life. She is unable to manage the casual cruelty of every day life and it becomes a burden of loneliness and source of chaos she can't escape.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

27 January 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Las dla drzew See more »

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Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$201, 3 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,354, 3 March 2017
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot
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excellent film
10 April 2015 | by ffymSee all my reviews

Excellent film. Not for everybody for sure, but I found this film one of the best I have seen in years. The director has lots of courage to take such an enormous risk. The film leaves many questions open and is not easy to forget. The acting is absolutely superb, so natural and the film avoids simplicity. Highly recommend for people who hate sugar coating. This is film is truly tough, psychologically tough. The main actress is just amazing,but all supporting actors are good as well. The true subject of the film, I think, is actually survival and friendship. Female friendship rarely gets analyzed so closely and accurately. In general films focus too much on romance and not enough on friendships, which are just as complex and complicated.


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