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|Big Girls Don't Cry|
Actors: Anna Maria Mühe, Karoline Herfurth, David Winter, Josefine Domes, Tillbert Strahl-Schäfer
Director: Maria von Heland
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
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Complex tale of morally adrift teens
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 12/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In most movies about teens - at least those made in America - we usually don't have to spend a great deal of time trying to figure out who are the "good" people and who are the "bad." The filmmakers are usually kind enough to do that for us. This is obviously not the case in Europe, however, for in the German film "Big Girls Don't Cry," the adolescents we meet are anything but morally and ethically clear-cut.
The two best friends, Steffi and Kati, seem like fairly typical middle class teens - somewhat mischievous, obsessed with boys, and faintly rebellious against the authority figures of the adult world. They also drink, party and experiment with drugs - nothing too radical for teens anywhere in the world today. However, one night Steffi inadvertently discovers that her father is having an affair. At this point, all hell breaks loose, as Steffi decides to take her anger and revenge out on the innocent daughter of her father's mistress, an aspiring singer named Tessa. Steffi sends Tessa to a potentially dangerous local pornographer, leading her to believe that he is actually a record producer searching for new talent. This single action leads to a series of cascading events that winds up, in some way or other, adversely affecting most of the people in Steffi`s life.
Steffi and Kati are both fully realized and complex characters who refuse to be pigeonholed at any given point in the movie. Steffi begins her crusade of vengeance convinced that she is acting strictly out of righteous anger, especially since, in her mind at least, her actions are as much a way of protecting her mother's honor as her own. And if innocent victims have to be sacrificed along the way, well, so be it. What Steffi doesn't realize, until it's too late, is that we can't always control how the human dramas we set in motion will ultimately act themselves out. Kati, who is far more rebellious and far more promiscuous than Steffi, finds herself torn between her loyalty as a friend and doing what she knows is right. It is Kati, the less self-assured one, who, ultimately, becomes the moral beacon that Steffi will be forced to follow if she hopes to survive in the world.
Anna Maria Muhe as Kati and Karoline Herfurth as Steffi give brilliant, well-rounded performances, as does the rest of the talented cast. The acting, writing and directing are so good and true, in fact, that the movie is able to override the occasional implausibility or touch of melodrama that wanders into the storyline.
I just wish American movies about teenagers were this thought-provoking, interesting and impressive."
One of the very best films I've seen
Steven Ooi | Singapore | 02/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Reasons you should watch this film:
(1) Engaging & lively from start to finish
(2) Fantastic soundtrack with incredibly good yet little known techno & pop numbers (sung in English)
(3) Very true to life about the difficulties of dealing with teen sexuality, and growing up in an age of divorce
(4) Very beautiful German girls all around the film, from the leads to the bit part roles ;)
(5) A beautiful essay on the trials, tribulations but sheer beauty of True friendship."
Steven Ooi | 04/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a wonderful movie. Many young adults are tired of seeing movies about teenage life that is sugar coated and always ends happy. This movie is not like that at all. It is about two best friends. One who wants to be treated as an adult and just wants to be herself but since she doesn't have parents who don't understand that kids will be kids (like many teenagers these days) she has to hide everything from them. This movie also tackles the very big issue of divorce and what it can do to a teenager. The other friend who once had a perfect life and liked it. So when her perfect life comes crashing down on her when her parents get a divorce she thinks that since that part of her life isn't perfect anymore she has to put an end to everything else that she thought was perfect in her life. Any teenager or youg adult should definatly watch this movie cause after it you will say "whoa that is my life""
"Big Girls Don't Cry"
Jim Curtis | 10/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love German cinema and this is the best I've seen yet.
Two teenage girls named Kati & Steffi have been best friends since they were toddlers. Steffi apparently has a perfect life that Kati could only dream of.
One night, Steffi catches her dad having an affair with another woman and her whole life falls into a downward spiral. This movie touches real life situations about how teens and children alike endure their parents divorce. Throughout a divorce a child's life is tainted. Soon they lose interest in friends, their grades decline, etc. I would know for I too endured a divorce at the age of eleven.
However, this story is not entirely centralized on divorce but about friendship. Their (Kati & Steffi's) strong bond is put to the test against a whirlwind of problems.
This film is nothing short of superb acting and a moving storyline. Check out this powerhouse of a movie today!"