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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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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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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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Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

27 January 2005 (Germany) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$201, 3 February 2017

Gross USA:

$1,354
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1.85 : 1
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Well made and disturbing film
1 March 2007 | by Craftsman1800See all my reviews

I thought this film was very well made given what was probably a very small budget. The acting was very fine, and the story was painfully realistic in many ways. I got it from the local library because it was about a young teacher. My wife teaches so I thought she might like it. Fortunately I watched it on my own first, and decided that she would probably find it very disturbing because of the realities depicted, but frustrating because of the inability of the young teacher to do what was necessary to help herself.

I found myself very moved by the young teacher, and had the feeling that I'd like to help her through her difficulties...difficulties revealed to the viewer, but ones she was unwilling to admit or express to those who might have helped her in the film.


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