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Sonja (2006)

A teenage girl learns some valuable lessons about love and self-acceptance in this coming-of-age drama from filmmaker Kirsi Liimatainen. Sonja (Sabrina Kruschwitz) has just turned sixteen, ... See full synopsis »

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Kirsi Liimatainen (as Kirsi Marie Liimatainen)
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Credited cast:
Sabrina Kruschwitz Sabrina Kruschwitz ... Sonja
Julia Kaufmann Julia Kaufmann ... Julia
Nadja Engel Nadja Engel ... Sonjas Mutter
Christian Kirste Christian Kirste ... Anton
Joachim Lätsch Joachim Lätsch ... Sonjas Vater
Gundula Köster Gundula Köster ... Frau des Vaters
Arthur Prost Arthur Prost ... Harry
Jakob Kraze Jakob Kraze ... Michel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Muric Eldin Muric Eldin ... Julias Freund
Norbert Hülm Norbert Hülm
Mitja Karbautzki Mitja Karbautzki ... Dorfjunge (as Mitja Karbautzski)
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A teenage girl learns some valuable lessons about love and self-acceptance in this coming-of-age drama from filmmaker Kirsi Liimatainen. Sonja (Sabrina Kruschwitz) has just turned sixteen, and is going through a summer where nothing seems to feel right anymore. Sonja can't get along with her mother (Nadja Engel), their apartment feels uncomfortably small, a recent spurt of growth has left her physically awkward, and she's lost all interest in her boyfriend. The one person who seems to understand Sonja is her best friend Julia (Julia Kaufmann), but as Sonja spends more and more time with Julia, she begins to realize that her feelings for her have moved beyond friendship. Hoping to sort out her feelings, Sonja pays a visit to her estranged father, but an upsetting encounter with a neighborhood boy only confirms in her mind that her sexuality follows a different course. Sonja received its North American premiere at the 2006 Miami International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Drama

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

23 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sonia See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltic Sea See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Great and very sincere European movie
11 July 2006 | by EllenSee all my reviews

I watched this movie last night and I think it's just wonderful! A very sincerely narrated story about a girl of 15 who is becoming an adult and is beginning to learn herself and her sexuality. The movie is also about Sonja's loneliness, she doesn't seem to understand each other with anyone except for the girl she is in love with. Lots of young people at Sonja's age feel lonely and not understood but it's even worth and so much more difficult if you are gay and you're not sure that the others would be tolerant enough to understand that. The actress played Sonja's character very sincerely although it seems to be her very first movie. The movie is very true to life, many characters can easily be recognized from our own experience as well as the situations they are in, but still the movie is not superficial at all. It addresses very serious topics without being too primitive or too superficial. I would recommend it to everyone who likes thoughtful but not thrilling cinema!


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