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Wanted!

A subtle sapphic drama with a catchpenny English title, "Wanted!" is alone worth a look for a superb performance by east German actress Dagmar Manzel, as a fortysomething woman whose neatly ordered life and suppressed emotions are thrown into confusion by a manipulative neighbor. Graduation feature by Leipzig-born director Franziska Meletzky should find a snug berth in gay and women's events, plus some outings on Eurocable.

With:
With: Dagmar Manzel, Grazyna Szapolowska, Joerg Schuettauf, Berndt Stuebner, Ramona Libnow, Detlef Kapplusch, Marylu Poolman.

A subtle sapphic drama with a catchpenny English title, “Wanted!” is alone worth a look for a superb performance by east German actress Dagmar Manzel, as a fortysomething woman whose neatly ordered life and suppressed emotions are thrown into confusion by a manipulative neighbor. Graduation feature by Leipzig-born director Franziska Meletzky should find a snug berth in gay and women’s events, plus some outings on Eurocable.

Obsessively neat Dora Beyse (Manzel) lives a solitary life in a Leipzig housing project, working as a deliverywoman. When Polish dame Jolanta Jakubowska (Grazyna Szapolowska), believing she’s killed a man, asks to take refuge in her apartment, Dora agrees and then slowly falls for the maturely sexy illegal immigrant. Pic sidles up to the viewer in a casual way, with Elke Roessler’s script gradually building up its characters — including a likable handyman, Conny (Joerg Schuettauf), who secretly fancies Dora. Manzel, largely from TV, is terrific as the bruised woman subconsciously looking for love, working well opposite Szapolowska. Tech package is TV-like, with Meletzky’s frills-free helming focused on the actors. German title simply means “(Female) Neighbors.”

Wanted!

Germany

Production: An Eikon Media, Junifilm production, in association with Hochschule fuer Film & Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. (International sales: Eikon, Berlin.) Produced by Lydia Elmer, Jan Philip Lange. Directed by Franziska Meletzky. Screenplay, Elke Roessler.

Crew: Camera (color), Alexandra Czok; editor, Juergen Winkelblech; music, Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis; art director, Leonie von Arnim; costumes, Andrea Schein. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Cinema of Europe), Sept. 4, 2004. Original title: Nachbarinnen. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Dagmar Manzel, Grazyna Szapolowska, Joerg Schuettauf, Berndt Stuebner, Ramona Libnow, Detlef Kapplusch, Marylu Poolman.

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