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.