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Don’t Look for Me

An all-business hit woman finds herself torn between hormones and duty in "Don't Look for Me," a larky exercise in genre that's consistently watchable until a weak ending. Achieving much on an obviously modest budget, this graduation feature by 29-year-old German Tilman Zens augurs a director who could slip easily into the quality mainstream. Meantime, film weeks remain pic's best showcase.

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With: Lea Mornar, Stipe Erceg, Udo Schenk, Mark Zak, Thomas Bestvater, Juergen Lehmann, Catherina van Veen.

An all-business hit woman finds herself torn between hormones and duty in “Don’t Look for Me,” a larky exercise in genre that’s consistently watchable until a weak ending. Achieving much on an obviously modest budget, this graduation feature by 29-year-old German Tilman Zens augurs a director who could slip easily into the quality mainstream. Meantime, film weeks remain pic’s best showcase.

First seen in hooker guise calmly blowing a guy away, and later shagging her brains out on a train with a stranger, Anna (Lea Mornar) enjoys her job but suffers from creeping loneliness. Wounded after a bungled hit, she holes up in the apartment of Lino (Stipe Erceg), a front-desk clerk she has a yearning for, and considers retirement. But her icy boss, Lewin (Udo Schenk), has other ideas. Pic economically builds a convincing make-believe world subject to its own rules and the flashing-eyed Mornar (“Love Your Neighbour!”) carries the movie with a cool sense of style. Blowup from Super 16, in bleached colors, and attentive scoring by Stefan Schulzki are both assists to mood, and script’s small twists keep things cooking until the more routine, gunplay finale.

Don't Look for Me

Germany

Production: A Filmakademie Baden Wuerttemberg production, in association with Hessischer Rundfunk and Westdeutsche Rundfunk. (International sales: Filmakademie Baden Wuerttemberg, Louisbourg, Germany.) Produced by Ruedinger Heinze. Directed by Tilman Zens. Screenplay, Alexander Buresch.

Crew: Camera (color), Daniel Moeller; editor, Vanessa Rossi; music, Stefan Schulzki; production designer, Stefan Spuerbert; art director, Maresa Burmester; costumes, Nina Hess, Rudi Bronsert. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Cinema of Europe), Aug. 28, 2004. Original title: Such mich nicht. Running time: 82 MIN.

With: With: Lea Mornar, Stipe Erceg, Udo Schenk, Mark Zak, Thomas Bestvater, Juergen Lehmann, Catherina van Veen.

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