Section: Days of German Cinema

About a Girl (2014) 13

Germany | 2014 | 104 min.

Charleen is nearly 16 and is one of those teens who seem to be drawn to dark and gloomy things; she’s got a traineeship at an undertaker’s and is passionate about Kurt Cobain. After a botched suicide attempt, she finds herself in the hospital. Now comes real stress: her crazy family, a creepy therapist, a by-the-book social worker, a perplexed best friend and a classroom full of idiots. But there’s also Linus, the school nerd whom she meets at the therapist’s. Weird but caring, he’s interesting and fun to be with. And after her first kiss with Linus and their first tentative embraces, it dawns on Charleen that the opposite of death is love – and that life deserves a second chance.

Duration104 min
SubtitleEnglish, Czech
Directed by Mark Monheim
Screenplay Mark Monheim, Martin Rehbock
Director of Photography Daniel Schönauer
Music Cat Stash, Livy Pear, Florian Ostertag and others
Edited by Stine Sonne Munch, Melanie Landa
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Mark Monheim (1977) is a screenwriter and director. He graduated from documentary filmmaking at the University of Television and Film Munich. During his studies he worked in range of professions connected with movies. He has made the short films Michelle (1999) and With Sixteen I'll Be Gone (Mit sechzehn bin ich weg, 2008). His full-length format debut is the drama-comedy About a Girl (2014).