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The Forest for the Trees (Der Wald vor lauter Baumen) (2005)

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An idealistic young educator is ostracized for her lack of teaching skills and civil graces. Full of youthful idealism, Melanie Proeschle leaves her rural flat and boyfriend to take a mid-year post teaching fifth and ninth graders in the southwestern German city of Karlsruhe. The school atmosphere is immediately intimidating and her older colleagues are dismissive of her more progressive teaching techniques. The only teacher near her own age is the geeky Thorsten Rehm, who seems friendly but comes on too strong. Things seem initially more promising at home, where Melanie greets her new neighbors with homemade schnapps before initiating a tentative friendship with the infinitely more worldly, Tina Schaffner, who lives across the way. The worse things get at school, the more Melanie begins to overcompensate by inserting herself in Tina's life. At first friendly and tolerant, the neighbor soon grows openly hostile, prompting Melanie to succumb to the pressures of her life.

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Cast

Eva Löbau
as Melanie Pröschle
Daniela Holtz
as Tina Schaffner
Jan Neumann
as Thorsten Rehm
Martina Eckrich
as Renate Pföhler
Ruth Köppler
as Elvira Fischer-Walter
Hans-Rüdiger Kucich
as Gerd Postweller
Heinz Röser-Dümmig
as Lutger Reinhardt
Monika Hirschie
as Melanie's Mother
Volker Jeck
as Melanie's Father
Andreas Bornhardt
as Garden Centre Worker
Alexander Ajdinski
as Class 9 Student
Manuel Buchmüller
as Class 9 Student
Carolin Deck
as Class 9 Student
Tobias Eicker
as Class 9 Student
Franziska Fischer
as Class 9 Student
Giuliano Fiume
as Class 9 Student
Verena Gerstner
as Class 9 Student
Tina Grund
as Class 9 Student
Felix Heil
as Class 9 Student
Axel Hottenträger
as Class 9 Student
Gabor Katai
as Class 9 Student
Alexandra Klett
as Class 9 Student
Robin Maier
as Class 9 Student
Verena Sallinger
as Class 9 Student
Nadine Scheer
as Class 9 Student
Patrick Schrimpf
as Class 9 Student
Fabienne Stichnoth
as Class 9 Student
Dominik Tuminello
as Class 9 Student
Philipp Vajsman
as Class 9 Student
Lena Wacker
as Class 9 Student
Felix Weigel
as Class 9 Student
Jessica Weingärtner
as Class 9 Student
Noemi Weinkötz
as Class 9 Student
Claire Wiebelt
as Class 9 Student
Florian Wolf
as Class 9 Student
Jennifer Wunsch
as Class 9 Student
Mona Bakkar
as Class 5 Student
Hannah Bonacker
as Class 5 Student
Torben Brandauer
as Class 5 Student
Patrick Braun
as Class 5 Student
Jan Bühler
as Class 5 Student
Luisa Caruso
as Class 5 Student
Michaela Czoupek
as Class 5 Student
Alexander Diel
as Class 5 Student
Simon Eich
as Class 5 Student
Jasmin Fechner
as Class 5 Student
Nathalie Frey
as Class 5 Student
Rico Groh
as Class 5 Student
Janina Heil
as Class 5 Student
Lukas Hertweck
as Class 5 Student
Maximilian Hofmann
as Class 5 Student
Maria Kalinowski
as Class 5 Student
Markus Kober
as Class 5 Student
Paulina Lang
as Class 5 Student
Ramona Look
as Class 5 Student
Laura Mundle
as Class 5 Student
Thorsten Meier
as Class 5 Student
Larissa Nakovics
as Class 5 Student
Jeremy Nauert
as Class 5 Student
Vanessa Neu
as Class 5 Student
Sandra Nusser
as Class 5 Student
Robin Rexer
as Class 5 Student
Jassin Schlump
as Class 5 Student
Clarissa Stransky
as Class 5 Student
Nick Steidinger
as Class 5 Student
Stefan Traub
as Class 5 Student
Patricia Tuminello
as Class 5 Student
Julia Ulrich
as Class 5 Student
Mareike Väth
as Class 5 Student
Carina Zikofsky
as Class 5 Student
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Critic Reviews for The Forest for the Trees (Der Wald vor lauter Baumen)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Forest has the look of a film that might have been made by a first-timer with visions of Sundance in her head.

December 15, 2006 | Rating: B

An affecting, very intelligent work, done with an eye for realism and a heart for the lonely, insulted and injured.

July 6, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Eva Löbau's lynchpin performance as Melanie is a shattering lesson in the tropes of timidity and awkwardness, and serves in taking this cinema of cruelty into as yet uncharted territory.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tapping in to primal fears of professional ineptitude and social rejection with an almost sadistic meticulousness, The Forest for the Trees is a precisely modulated first film.

April 2, 2005 | Full Review…

Engaging, low-budget German drama with a strong script and a heart-breaking central performance from Eva Löbau.

February 16, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For a first film, it's accomplished; for a college project, it's astonishing.

February 14, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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