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Writer-director Lang explored the character with Richard in two shorts, and there's a lived-in feel to the portrait that emerges in the visually adventurous "Baden Baden," which weaves darkly luminous fantasy imagery into Ana's mostly aimless hours.
"Baden Baden" does make a pertinent statement, one rare in movies today: that being ostensibly aimless in your mid-20s not only isn't the worst thing in the world, but it can also be kind of fun.
Lang is uncommonly assured for a first-time director, capturing her scenes in fluid master takes, rarely cutting from one character to the next, letting things unfold at the pace of in-the-moment human feeling.
That's not much of a story to build a film on, but writer-director Rachel Lang and star Salome Richard manage to craft an intriguing feature debut filled with keen observations and slices of dark humor.
The film plays like it's been methodically configured to snuff out an even marginal indulgence of its characters' emotions.
In its own quiet way, [it] feels like a celebration of the vocation-less of society. Ana may be restless and unsure of herself but she is also keen to work when she can find it, deeply caring of her friends and family, and eager to learn new skills.
Baden Baden has a breakout performance from Salomé Richard as Ana, a 26-year-old woman looking for direction.
A laid-back feminist fable about a young woman pulling her life together over a complicated summer, Franco-Belgian drama Baden Baden is a confident, witty debut for French writer-director Rachel Lang.
An impossibly fragile and emotionally robust drama about identity, positioned on a razor's edge between comedy and melodrama. Baden Baden performs the rare trick of being simultaneously translucent, open, closed and opaque.
Baden Baden makes present the subtle, often painful, ache of finding your way and keeping afloat.
It doesn't linger too long, but the taste it does leave is good.
It feels somewhat apt that the story is as directionless as its protagonist. On the other hand, writer/director Rachel Lang's film lacks cumulative dramatic punch, its appeal rooted mainly in its easy humour.
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