From foster homes to alternative therapies, jaded civil servants to compassionate social workers, the torturous path of a “problem child.” Winner of the Alfred-Bauer Prize for innovation at the last Berlin Festival, a draining, exhilarating film that will break your heart.
Blond, angelic-looking Benni with her piercing blue eyes is just nine but has already exhausted every social service and children’s aid resource. One minute she’s sulking, the next she explodes into a terrifying rage. Yet all Benni really wants is love from a mother who keeps abandoning her. Shot with a handheld, almost jerky camera and lit with a rosy hue, Nora Fingscheidt’s latest is striking in its look and subject matter. Child actor Helena Zengel’s performance is absolutely...
| 118 minutes | 2019
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