"Weekdays," a week-in-the-life-of story about a taciturn young German woman doing bizarre things, offers intriguing glimpses into what might be a much more satisfying narrative. The pic feels like six micro-budgeted shorts strung together rather than a single organic feature, which will be both its attraction its biggest stumbling block.

“Weekdays,” a week-in-the-life-of story about a taciturn young German woman doing both banal and bizarre things, offers intriguing glimpses into what might be a much more satisfying narrative. Grown out of two previously completed shorts (“Tuesday” and “Wednesday”) by pic’s helmer Carsten Gebhardt and pulled together over six years, pic feels like six micro-budgeted shorts strung together rather than a single organic feature, which will be both its attraction for a tiny niche of adventurous arthouse viewers and its biggest stumbling block for others. Still, experimental vibe could keep “Weekdays” on fest circuit for more months.

An unnamed twentysomething (Zoe Naumann) is first met in a barren flat on a Tuesday showering, weighing up white drugs and clingy desperately to a visiting man, the whole time wearing nothing but a tank top. On Wednesday, she has sex with someone else. On Thursday she goes clubbing. A trip to the seaside with a boyfriend finds them waking up in a seemingly different, desert country. Helmer has knack for striking compositions and creating strong moods, but overall this feels like an art gallery piece.

Weekdays

Germany

Production

A Carsten Gebhardt, Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt and VOXXX production. (International sales: Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt, Chemnitz, Germany.) Produced, directed, written, edited by Gebhardt.

Crew

Camera (color, 16mm-to-35mm), Lutz Zoglauer, Ralf Glaser; music, Frank Bretschneider, Alva Noto, Bohren & der Club of Gore, Circle; production designer, Torsten Neundorf. Reviewed at Edinburgh Film Festival (Rosebud), Aug. 21, 2005. Original title: Wochentage. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Zoe Naumann, Peter Moltzen, Alexander Hoechst, Marko Dyrlich, Marcel Klose, Peter Kurth, Barbara Ansorg, Carola Sigg.
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