Review: ‘Cindy Does Not Love Me’

A bittersweet slice of strudel from debutante director Hannah Schweier.

Two strangers hit the road in pursuit of the girl that slipped away in “Cindy Does Not Love Me,” a bittersweet slice of strudel from debutante director Hannah Schweier. Adapted from a novel of the same title (though “Cindy” has nothing to do with the central protag, named Maria), pic sports handsome perfs from star Clemens Schick and newcomer Peter Weiss, and a script that manages to throw a few curveballs late in the game. Otherwise, it reps a tamely helmed, modestly amusing debut that’s destined for Teutonic theatrical and tube following its Berlinale preem.

Wimpy lawyer David (Weiss) and cocksure barman Franz (Schick) seem to have nothing in common — until they realize they’ve been bedding the same woman, Maria (Anna Schaefer), who’s now gone missing. When they try to track her down — first at her mom’s, then in a psychiatric hospital, and finally in Denmark — they discover she’s far from ideal. But the two men wind up forging their own special bromance. Despite the strong playing, “Cindy” is marred by TV-style tech credits. Title is the name of the bar in which Franz works.

Cindy Does Not Love Me

Germany

Production

An AV Medien Penrose, Penrose Film, ZDF, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg production. (International sales: AV Medien Penrose, Stuttgart, Germany.) Produced by Julia Kleinhenz, Felix Eisele, Katja Siegel, Bernhard Stegmann. Directed, written by Hannah Schweier, based on the novel by Juan Moreno, Jochen-Martin Gutsch.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Thorge Horstmann; editor, Barbara Toennieshen; music, Matthias Klein; production designer, Nora Grabowski; costume designer, Christian Roehrs. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Perspektive Deutsches Kino), Feb. 16, 2010. Original title: Cindy liebt mich nicht. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Clemens Schick, Peter Weiss, Anne Schaefer, Jacques Malan, Dirk Schoedon.
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