Das Fräulein (Fraulein) (2008)
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The film dwells on different ways of coming to terms with a traumatic past, and it's clearly a subject dear to the heart of director Andrea Staka, who grew up in Switzerland but is of Bosnian and Croatian heritage.
Presents immigrant lives with significantly more empathy than detail.
Stylized with a recurring misty focus, the film's economically captured detail shots (gestures, expressions, caught moments) convey genuine sensitivity without the expected weepiness.
Sensitively drawn and lensed with special attention to characterization and tone, Andrea Staka's Golden Leopard winner Fraulein introduces a strong new voice in Swiss cinema.
Refreshingly and sympathetically about women deciding to live in Switzerland as émigré, exile, immigrant, or refugee from Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists.
Audience Reviews for Das Fräulein (Fraulein)
In a Zurich restaurant, Ana(Marija Skaricic), a new employee, is warned against throwing a surprise party for her boss Ruza(Mirjana Karanovic), who is old enough to be her mother. She goes ahead anyway.
What separates "Fraulein" from every other touchy-feely intergenerational friendship story are events that are not shown in the movie. All of the major characters are from Bosnia but have all had different experiences acclimating themselves to their new home. Ruza and Mila(Ljubica Jovic) left long before the recent genocide to make better lives for themselves abroad. No nonsense and lonely, Ruza is so used to living in Switzerland, that she uses German when speaking to her fellow Bosnians.(Thanks for pointing that out by the way.) Now that it is safe to return home, Mila and her husband(Zdenko Jelcic) have one eye on returning to their homeland and are saving up to make repairs on their house. Into this mix, enters Ana who survived the Siege of Sarajevo, as many of her friends and family did not, only to badly require a bone marrow transplant in the present.
Touching moments,fierce reality but what struck me most is the short amount of time and the debut whistle.While it's certainly not a groundbreaking film,it's basically a great introduction to one's ideas on film-making and a fabulous start for Staka.Karanovic amidst the top 5 actresses of 2006.
Saw it on the plane ride back from Ireland, not sure what I was expecting but I am glad I saw it. While not necessarily a happy ending the movie just seemed so real
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