2019 | Dir Nora Fingscheidt | 125min | Germany
Can Benni’s (Helena Zengel) newly-appointed anger-management coach succeed where others have consistently failed? Benni is a wayward nine-year-old whom the “system” has almost given up on. She Is expelled from one foster home to the next for her wild and uncontrollable behaviour, but deep down there lies an enormous vulnerability. Asking some pointed questions about the care system, this compelling drama features a ferocious lead performance from tomboyish young actress Helena Zengel, a whirlwind of dayglo pink clothing and blond hair who simply explodes off the screen.
“There are times, when Zengel is performing with other children, especially younger children, when you get the strange sense that this isn’t acting – it is actually happening.” – Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian
German with English subtitles.
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Film run ends on 20 December 2020.