Nackte Tiere

A film by Melanie Waelde. In German with English subtitles.

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Katja, Sascha, Benni, Laila and Schöller. These five young peo­p­le have more in com­mon than just the fact that they are living in pro­vin­cial Germany free of paren­tal inter­fe­rence. They have one last win­ter tog­e­ther befo­re they finish school, then they are sup­po­sed to know what they want to do: stay or lea­ve. In bet­ween home­work and smo­king dope, mar­ti­al arts trai­ning and gos­si­ping about deflowe­ring peo­p­le, they explo­re their fee­lings in all kinds of dif­fe­rent rela­ti­onships, sear­ching for each other, hiding, kis­sing and fight­ing. They want to live, to con­quer the world and find out who they real­ly are. They are young and exu­de an envia­ble natu­ral­ness when it comes to gen­der iden­ti­ties and roles, abo­ve all Katja, play­ed by Marie Tragousti with a lot of new fema­le power. Melanie Waelde’s fea­ture debut is tre­men­dous­ly inten­se and vibrant. Going bey­ond cuten­ess, she draws the­se “naked ani­mals” with a raw, sen­su­al and sen­si­ti­ve open­ness rare­ly seen in German cine­ma. On the cusp bet­ween the end of child­hood and bur­geo­ning matu­ri­ty, body and soul are still more or less united. Just like loneli­ne­ss and inti­ma­cy. We are vul­nerable – and that’s a good thing.

Berlinale 2020: Encounters


DE 2020, 83 Min., OmeU
Regie, Buch: Melanie Waelde
Kamera: Fion Mutert
Schnitt: Jessica Schneller
mit: Marie Tragousti, Sammy Scheuritzel, Michelangelo Fortuzzi, Luna Schaller, Paul Michael Stiehler


Nackte Tiere (2020) HD-Trailer, deutsch