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Baden Baden

Belgium/France 2016. Dir: Rachel Lang. 96 min. DCP

“A very smart film from a very smart first-time feature director” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian), the astonishing full-length debut of French writer-director Rachel Lang — whose 2010 short For You I Will Fight won the Silver Leopard at Locarno — wowed critics at last year’s Berlin Film Festival with its droll, nuanced observations on quarter-life aches and pains. A fleshing out of her two preceding short films, it stars returning actress Salomé Richard (utterly beguiling) as Ana, a malaise-afflicted twentysomething who’s arrived in her native Strasbourg after driving off a Belgian movie-set with the production’s Porsche. Bored and unemployed, she rekindles a romance with her a-hole ex-boyfriend, a video artist, and attempts to remodel her grandmother’s bathroom. “Vigorously inventive ... A beautifully aimless study of near-adulthood” (Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice). In French and German with English subtitles.