Time of Moulting (Fellwechselzeit) – Final Girls Berlin Film Festival


Sabrina Mertens (director)

(studio)

18 (certificates)

80 (size)

04 February 2021 (launched)

10 min


In a rundown home a household of three are taking part in monopoly, subsequent a cat is thrown on the younger lady Stephanie (Zelda Espenschied) who’s drawing. Next we’re exterior the home and Steph is taking part in with 2 ladies new to the realm asking if they’ll enter. The subsequent shot they’re gone and so the film strikes ahead in a collection of animated stills. The digital camera capturing actions inside the body.

Its unsettling to start out with however we fall into the routine of the household as mom (Freya Kreutzkam) brushes her daughter’s hair and her father (Bernd Wolf) seems to have scant curiosity in both. The garbage in the meantime is piling up round them. Her mom is depressed which is having a transparent impact on her daughter who after one other exploration of the home finds an outdated suitcase containing slaughter gear, apron, knives and a stun-gun that makes toy. As mom reads Hansel and Gretel, Stephanie will get instructed for taking part in with her grandmother’s false enamel, which are available in helpful in a while too.

Moving ahead ten years and the home is worse although mom and father have not modified that a lot. Stephanie (now performed by Miriam Schiweck) clearly older bodily her psychological stature now much more assertive to the purpose of contempt for her dad and mom. As we move by Christmas and Easter within the squalid place pressures mount.

A really bleak film from author and director Sabrina Mertens even ugly in elements. The static digital camera, 57 body slide present impact forcing the viewer to sq. on the actors and their environment, to take them in. It ought to seem very episodic but it surely isn’t because the actors work and play of their environment. With comparatively little dialogue Mertens makes intelligent use of house to develop character and the story in addition to give us nuggets into character and relationships as when mom and daughter are playfully bouncing up and down on the mattress within the forefront.

So technically it’s a calculated film although with a reasonably clear narrative circulate. From which we decide up that the household is dysfunctional although not completely unloving. Father is completely within the background while mom ages over time the waste round them too continues to pile up. That and Stephanie are the one issues that blatantly change over time the latter taking up the bolshiness of youth as one would count on although with an added chilly malicious streak. Taken with her very darkish drawings and her returns to the butcher’s box of implements there’s hints that one thing or somebody went askew. That nevertheless is one thing for the viewer to consider as Mertens doesn’t current any simple solutions.

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