Review: ‘The Drifter’

A sharp-tongued, alcoholic, out-of-work architect tries to change her situation to enervating results.

A sharp-tongued, alcoholic, out-of-work architect tries to change her situation to enervating results in experimental German indie “The Drifter.” Shrilly tackling themes such as gender roles and modern urban culture, debuting writer-helmer/performance artist Tatjana Turanskyj plays with the posturing and concerns of a certain small circle of Berliners — and with her protagonist’s sarcastic, hostile attitude toward this world in which she used to belong. With characters speaking in slogans and striking attitudes, the anti-naturalist acting style soon becomes annoying. Of extremely limited interest, the pic is unlikely to travel beyond alternative venues in Germany.

Striding through diverse parts of the capital, always dressed in nearly the same clothes, divorced, fortyish Greta M. (Mira Partecke) alienates her former colleagues, fights with 12-year-old son Lukas (Mattis Hausig), and takes short-term work at a telephone sales center from which she is soon fired. Visiting an unctuous job placement counselor who asks what she’s good at, she testily replies, “Drinking.” Multiple moments hinting at Greta’s sexual attraction/attractiveness to other women are left unexplored, with a particularly odd romantic-cliche visual of Greta and Lukas’ teacher (cute Franziska Dick) sharing a rowboat. Tech credits are serviceable.

The Drifter



A Turansky & Ahlrichs Filmprod. production, with the support of MBB, Senatsverwaltun Berlin KFV, Filmstiftung NRW, German-films. Produced by Tatjana Turanskyj, Jan Ahlrichs. Directed, written by Tatjana Turanskyj. Artistic consultant, Claudia Zweifel.


Camera (color, HD), Jenny Barth; editor, Ricarda Zinke; music, Niels Lorenz; costume designers, Ingken Benesch, Tanja Jesek. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 16, 2010. Original title: Eine flexible Frau. Running time: 97 MIN.


Mira Partecke, Katharina Bellena, Laura Tonke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Michaela Benn, Thorsten Heidel, Franziska Dick, Mattis Hausig, Dorothea Moritz.

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