Aren't You Happy?

  • 80'
  • Germany
  • 2019

According to the girl from the film's German title, melancholy girls can be typified as follows: they roam around, talk, have sex and nothing else happens. Yet there's enough to see in the 14 episodes that make up this post-modern comedy. They are all characterised by a new encounter and an attempt by the girl to find resonance with people in the world around her. The episodes are as theatrical as they are colourful: from a ride on a unicorn through a neon-lit industrial area to aerobics with babies; nothing is too crazy in Susanne Heinrich's fairy-tale, playful and absurdist world.

However, behind the façade of pastoral shades, tautly orchestrated sets and poppy neon lights, there seems to be a void. In her quest for the next place to sleep, the girl feels like a tourist in her own life. And in the conversations with her bed partners, she experiences no bonding, but only an empty echo of herself.

Director
Susanne Heinrich
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
80'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Das melancholische Mädchen
Language
German
Producers
Jana Kreissl / Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Philippe Bober / Essential Films
Production Companies
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Essential Filmproduktion
Sales
Coproduction Office
Screenplay
Susanne Heinrich
Cinematography
Agnesh Pakozdi
Editor
Susanne Heinrich, Benjamin Mirguet
Production Design
Jeanne Louet, Miren Oller, Nora Willy
Sound Design
Wiebke Köplin, Niklas Kammertöns
Music
Moritz Sembritzki, Mathias Bloech
Cast
Marie Rathscheck, Nicolo Pasetti, Monika Wiedemer, Yann Grouhel, Nicolai Borger, Pero Radicic