Unexpected connections between strangers and friends, and the past and present, are the motor of pic.
Berlin Film Festival
Closing seg of the "Dreileben" trilogy combines various elements of popular Teuton genre films.
An inexperienced intern at a Thuringia hospital isn't equipped to handle love in "Dreileben -- Beats Being Dead," from German auteur Christian Petzold ("Yella," "Jerichow").
Leisurely but decidedly un-PC comedy-drama could easily lose a reel, but nonetheless has more than its fair share of cantankerous charms.
A dysfunctional family dependent on the pension of a widowed relative raids an old folks' home for a substitute when the original dies in the flat dark comedy "72 Hours."
"Free Hands" is a strongly acted but thematically imprecise debut from thesp-turned-helmer Brigitte Sy.
A high-school dropout determines to transcend her troubled past, no matter the cost, in intense drama "Pure."
A schoolgirl falls in love with a cutie who, unbeknownst to her, is Germany's latest pop sensation.
Intriguingly non-standard docu "Bombay Beach" captures the fading California community's white-trash denizens with a fresh eye and deeper sensitivity than most who have come before.
Argentinean low-budget drama "Idleness" lives up to its name by unspooling large chunks of screentime in which its characters loaf around doing nothing.