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Falling

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Directed by acclaimed Austrian filmmaker Barbara Albert (Free Radicals), Falling is a "charming, intelligent and low-key" (Time Out London) human drama about five independent women, former classmates who have forged different lives since their school days, who are reunited for the funeral of a beloved teacher. Nina (Nina Proll - Amen) is drifting through existence with neither a job, nor a father for her unborn child. Shy, ethereal Brigitte has followed the group's idol into education and activism. Alex is a buttoned-down career woman struggling to balance personal needs with professional goals. Cool, calm actress Carmen (Free Radicals' Kathrin Resetarits) uses her art to avoid genuine intimacy, while loose cannon Nicole desperately seeks to be closer with her estranged young daughter Daphne. As the five women reconnect, a day of sober mourning turns into a night of sybaritic celebration. Nina, Brigitte, Alex, Carmen, Nicole and Daphne share secrets large and small while reopening wounds old and new. Nina struggles to accept the prospect of sharing her half-lived life with an unwanted child. Alex tries to lose herself in a random and passionless act of debauchery. Carmen and Brigitte confess to a devastating shared past love, and Nicole reveals just how far into the margins of society she has wandered. The reunion transforms into a journey, and Falling's funny, bittersweet drama becomes an impressionistic road movie that keenly essays contemporary women's lives by connecting the fragile emotional truth of youthful idealism with the stark facts of adult reality.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QCU52K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ronald Scheer on November 23, 2008
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This Austrian film presents a day in the life of five 30-something women (plus a sullen teenager), all it seems on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Each of them is single, and one of them is pregnant. Former schoolgirl friends, they gather for the funeral of a teacher, who it turns out has had romantic attachments to two or more of them. A wedding celebration provides diversion from grieving - grieving chiefly over how the freedom they once felt as school girls has left them bereft emotionally, as they leave youth behind.

There are flashbacks to their youthful voices singing American folk ballads and songs ("We Shall Overcome") and flash-forwards to still images of plot turns still to come. An evening at a dance club called "Brooklyn" becomes an occasion for heavy drinking and topless dancing, plus brief intimate interludes with the bridegroom, who has all the charm of a pony-tailed viper. There's a lot of talk, but much that might reveal the private hell each of them seems to be enduring goes unsaid.

The many references to American pop culture suggest a political reading, as one explains that her long-held wish to go to the US has been thwarted by what the US has become - read the European lack of enthusiasm for the Bush Administration. Then, for a moment in the film, they are not "falling" but lifted by an updraft of wind as they stand high on a hillside (see the DVD cover). The scene signals release from the dilemma in which each finds herself, but the ending of their story offers little in the way of escape for them. One, we last see, is in fact in a prison cell. But as another breaks off with what seems to be a loser of a boyfriend, there is some hope that a reestablished friendship among the women will draw them together again, to face an uncertain future.
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enjoyed watching five ladies trying to find their way through life, like the rest of us. it is nice to see another country's culture.
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