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Liebe mich!

Impulsive and angry young Sarah throws her expensive MacBook out the window because the guy she spent the night with is rejecting her. Maybe the nice guy at the computer shop can fix her laptop. And her life for that matter.

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Sometimes a film manages to say a lot via seemingly incidental objects. In Philipp Eichholz’s LIEBE MICH! it is a MacBook, of all things, that flies out the window during a couple’s fight only to become Sarah the protagonist’s personal plot catalyst. The fact that Sarah doesn’t have a lot of money but does own a Macbook, that she needs to rent out her apartment to afford a new one, that she does not see any alternative as a Berlin-based graphic artist, and that her dad exists but has stopped supporting her financially creates a state of seemingly average precarity with problems that may not be existential but are essential. Lilli Meinhardt is Sarah, a stubborn but determined girl, an often hyper and autonomous gal, an energetic and sometimes annoying, sassy, and childish young woman who exudes realness and a presence that makes you think you have known her for years and have a beautiful but exhausting friendship with her. Sarah sleeps with her best friend, bonds with a computer specialist, sublets, moves in with her dad, doesnt notice that her other best friend likes her, and struggles with life. This sounds dramatic but is actually damned funny, sometimes a tad too artificial but also freely staged and effortlessly funny where other films try too hard. The film’s “very good manifesto” calls for fast filmmaking with almost no money, a familiar team and a lot of improvization. LIEBE MICH! manages to not only be charming and have a keen eye for the incidental, but also keeps its production promise: a small, great film that is “edgy, charming, and extravagant.”

Toby Ashraf

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

Original title: Liebe mich!
Deutschland 2014, 80 min
Language: German
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Philipp Eichholtz
Author: Philipp Eichholtz
DOP: Fee Scherer
Montage: Daniel Stephan
Distributor: daredo media
Cast: Lilli Meinhardt, Christian Ehrich, Maggy Domschke, Peter Trabner, Davide Brizzi, Eva Bay, Axel Ranisch
FSK: 12
Release: 20.08.2015

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