Girlfriends Kate, Sascha and Isa allow themselves to drift along with the stream of life. They don’t believe in anything, certainly not in themselves, and are used to mocking themselves and tackling things with irony. But now they are approaching 30, they begin to realise that they can’t joke about everything and that it’s time to start taking life seriously.
When Kate breaks off her relationship with Max on the day after her 30th birthday, she moves in with Sascha. Kate is in trouble because she is pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is – for a while she has being having an affair with Christophe, Isa’s boyfriend. Kate doesn’t want to talk about her problems, she wants to get an abortion arranged first, and fast. When it turns out that she isn’t pregnant at all, the largest part of the problem is solved. But in the meantime, events have been set in motion which are not so easy to stop. While Kate just can’t seem to understand what a mess she has made of things, Sascha has a terrible experience and Isa is not having an easy time, either.
Nanouk Leopold shot her feature debut in Rotterdam, which is portrayed both unobtrusively and atmospherically. Her eye for significant detail is also revealed in the telling portrayal of a generation that is beautifully performed by the young cast. The cameraman was Benito Strangio, who was earlier responsible for Jacky by Fow Pyng Hu and Brat Ljatifi.
Programme IFFR 2001
The chaos of contemporary Chinese society encapsulated in a gangster film in which the lives of ordinary people are turned upside down by a chance happening.
Portrait of a group of kids under the strict regime that operates at their school. Everyday self-criticism and a 'humanity index' are part of the educational tactics.