Das melancholische Mädchen

A film by Susan­ne Hein­rich. In Ger­man with Eng­lish sub­tit­les.

[Credits] [Ter­mi­ne] [Trai­ler]

A girl roams through the city loo­king for a place to sleep. Along the way she meets young mothers who cele­bra­te mother­hood reli­gious­ly, goes home with an absti­nent exis­ten­tia­list for whom sex is “just ano­t­her mar­ket,” and waits for the end of capi­ta­lism in a drag bar. Her attempt to wri­te a book doesn’t make it bey­ond the first sen­tence of the second chap­ter, and she finds no space bet­ween art gal­le­ries, yoga stu­di­os and the beds of stran­gers. Ins­tead of try­ing to fit in, she starts regar­ding her depres­si­on as a poli­ti­cal issue. Through 15 of the girl’s humo­rous encoun­ters, Aren’t You Hap­py? explo­res our post-modern socie­ty bet­ween pre­ca­ri­ty and self-mar­ke­ting, seri­al mono­ga­my and neo-spi­ri­tua­li­ty, dis­il­lu­si­onment and the pres­su­re to be hap­py. Susan­ne Heinrich’s debut film brings tog­e­ther pop and theo­ry, femi­nism and humour, and gives you tons of quo­tes you’ll want to see on adver­ti­sing bill­boards in neon let­ters.


Deutsch­land 2019, 80 Min., OmeU
Regie & Buch: Susan­ne Hein­rich
Kame­ra: Agne­sh Pakozdi
Schnitt: Susan­ne Hein­rich, Ben­ja­min Mir­guet
mit: Marie Rath­scheck, Nico­lai Bor­ger, Mal­te Bünd­gen, Dax Con­stan­ti­ne, Moni­ka Frein­ber­ger, Yann Grou­hel, Juli­an Fri­cker, Nico­lo Paset­ti


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Das melan­cho­li­sche Mäd­chen – Trai­ler from Salz­ge­ber & Co. Medi­en GmbH on Vimeo.