Falling

Falling

Director: Barbara Albert

Cast: Barbara Albert, Nina Proll, Birgit Minichmayr, Ursula Strauss

     
 

The death of a schoolteacher leads to a reunion between a handful of close friends in this drama from writer and director Barbara Albert. Five longtime friends return to the town where they grew up for the first time since they were teenagers in order to pay their respects to a teacher who had a major impact on their lives. However, fate has taken the five women in… See more details below

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The death of a schoolteacher leads to a reunion between a handful of close friends in this drama from writer and director Barbara Albert. Five longtime friends return to the town where they grew up for the first time since they were teenagers in order to pay their respects to a teacher who had a major impact on their lives. However, fate has taken the five women in very different directions since they left school. Carmen (Kathrin Resetarits) has become a working actress, Alex (Ursula Strauss) is a clerk at an unemployment office, Brigitte (Birgit Minichmayr) works as a schoolteacher, Nina (Nina Proll) is out of a job and anticipating the birth a baby is two months, and Nicole (Gabriela Hegedus) has fallen into a life of crime and has been given a furlough from prison to attend the funeral, with her 12-year-old daughter Daphne (Ina Strand) in tow. As the women look back at the possibilities of their youth, they must also consider the circumstances which led them where they are today, and the bonds of friendship which still hold them together despite the physical distance between them. Falling was screened in competition at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.

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With Falling, Austrian director Barbara Albert tackles adult isolation in the context of a class reunion film. It is a genre usually fraught with cloying sentiment and hackneyed characters--an older, more boring teen movie where the jock, the nerd, and the princess complain about their jobs and fading looks over their previous soundtrack now rendered nostalgic. Albert cuts past the standard establishing characters exposition to dump the audience in the middle of a funeral for a beloved teacher, where five girlhood friends make impulsive, tentative attempts at reacquaintance. They leave the funeral together and begin a journey that mimics the missed stages of their early adulthood: after wandering around the school, they stop at a wedding party in a field and then get trashed at a blah club called Brooklyn. As the women gab and deal with unexplained grudges, often talking past each other, Albert mourns the loss of the youthful group dynamics that give way to independent adulthood. The characters' isolation is heightened by the wedding party and the interspersing of a teen folk choir at the school. Flashbacks are handled with poetic grace, mnemonic devices spark a cut to a fleeting image--yearning for an old kiss or a sprint near the school grounds--then disappear. Unfortunately, Albert decides that the unexplained grievances and adult hang-ups need to be explained and the characters come to be defined by a few unconvincingly diverse traits. One is on leave from jail; one is a well-known actress; the other is pregnant out of wedlock. Their problems eventually coalesce around a single theme, an old cliché of the reunion film: mourning the loss of youthful idealism, particularly an enthusiasm for liberal activism. Albert then jumps overboard with a ham-fisted message about the characters now being trapped by corporate consumerist capitalism. These plot developments mar, but do not completely ruin the cumulative effect. The friends frequently repeat an old school mantra, "Long live freedom." Falling works best when the characters aren't sure if they know what freedom means.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
UPC:
0738329052829
Original Release:
2006
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
76,217

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Stills gallery; Optional English subtitles; Enhanced for 16x9 tvs

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nina Proll Actor
Birgit Minichmayr Actor
Ursula Strauss Actor
Kathrin Resetarits Actor
Gabriela Hegedus Actor
Ina Strnad Actor
Georg Friedrich Actor
Darina Dujmic Actor
Angelika Niedetzky Actor
Simon Hatzl Actor
Christian Strasser Actor
Erich Knoth Actor
Noemi Fischer Actor

Technical Credits
Barbara Albert Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Veronika Albert Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Gschlacht Producer
Bernhard Keller Cinematographer
Andreas Kopriva Sound/Sound Designer
Karina Ressler Cinematographer,Editor
Antonin Svoboda Producer
Bruno Wagner Producer
Katharina Woeppermann Art Director
Katharina Wöppermann Art Director
Dietmar Zuson Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Falling
1. Funeral [8:33]
2. "To Michael" [7:41]
3. Diversions [8:13]
4. "Norbert Is Taken" [10:14]
5. "Where Are You Going?" [4:12]
6. The Club [5:19]
7. Regrets [6:18]
8. Time to Leave [5:28]
9. "Why Not?" [4:50]
10. Daphne [8:20]
11. Last Respects [6:21]
12. Life Goes On [9:50]

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