Unable to send a client to work on time or even return a rental car, 26-year-old Ana is struggling day-to-day. After a painful telling-off by yet another boss, she returns home to take care of her grandmother, and takes it upon herself to renovate her grandmother’s bathroom in a quietly desperate bid to restore some semblance of purpose to her aimless life.
A powerful opening scene immediately reveals Baden Baden’s emotional core, evincing the sense of haplessness that follows Ana. Rachel Lang effuses the free-spirited Ana with a warm dose of sentimentality and affection that underscores a sense of truthfulness. She blends comedy and drama with dry humour and a Buster Keaton-like silliness in Ana’s friendship with a bemused handyman that bleeds of unexpected emotion.
- Rachel Lang is a French writer and director born in 1984. Her first three short films have won awards at the Locarno International Film Festival and Hamburg International Short Film Festival. Baden Baden had its world premiere at the Berlinale earlier this year. It is Lang’s first feature film.
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