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17 year old Paula is caught between the love definition of Bovary and Proust in French class and between shy Charlotte and extroverted Lilli in her private life. The winner of the 2017 Max Ophüls Prize.


“Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?” is a question you get asked a lot when you’re 17. It’s a question that represents this phase of life and the ensuing emotional ambivalence. On one hand there’s something soothing about it, because it implies that there’s still enough time to find the answer. But it also leads to a situation of overwhelming pressure. The question is never asked in the film, but it is its leading theme. Like many coming of age films, the protagonist is a teen with questions that lead to a state of introspective isolation. Director Monja Art (FOREVER NOT ALONE) creates a gentle, summery love triangle. Paula (Elisabeth Wabitsch) is caught between Bovary and Proust’s definitions of love in French class, and in her private love life she finds herself trying to choose between shy Charlotte (Anaelle Dézsy) and extroverted Lilli (Alexandra Schmidt). Just like in class and in conversations among friends, the film’s greatest moments are in the finely observed scenes. A touch while getting beer shows attraction and understanding, unsent messages give a glimpse into Paula’s indecisive interior life, and pop cultural references represent contemporary youth. Monja Art delves into so many different aspects in Paula’s life that you might come out of the cinema feeling like a mixed up 17 year old.

Hardy Zaubitzer

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Österreich 2017, 103 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Monja Art
Author: Monja Art
DOP: Caroline Bobek
Montage: Claudia Linzer, Monja Art
Distributor: Edition Salzgeber
Cast: Christopher Schärf, Alexandra Schmidt, Elisabeth Wabitsch, Anaelle Dézsy
FSK: 12
Release: 27.04.2017




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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