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is the least ironically named instalment in this trilogy dealing with three dysfunctional women from one Austrian family. This time, director Ulrich Seidl focusses on Melanie (non-professional actress Melanie Lenz), the daughter of
protagonist Teresa and niece of
Anna Maria. She is a big-boned 13-year-old who spends the summer at a gently authoritarian fat camp for teens where she develops a crush on the resident doctor (Joseph Lorenz). Melanie makes heartbreakingly clumsy attempts to woo him despite a 40-year age gap and assumes that his refusal to sleep with her must be down to her weight. As with all of Seidl's films (both the documentaries, like
) and the fictional tales, such as
), the matter-of-fact, highly formalised presentation of ugliness defies the viewer to take a stance on whether he is mocking his subjects, or not. But, he does show an unusual level of empathy here, making this one of his more accessible works.
A 13-year-old girl is sent to a diet camp for overweight children while her mother is on holiday in Kenya. She befriends some rebellious fellow teenagers and becomes infatuated with the resident doctor, making a series of fumbling attempts to seduce him. Drama, the conclusion of Ulrich Seidl's trilogy, starring Melanie Lenz and Joseph Lorenz. In German.
Cast & Crew
Melanie / Melli
Swearing, sexual references.
2 Aug 2013
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