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About a Girl (2014) Online
Original Title :
About a Girl
Genre :
Movie / Comedy / Drama
Year :
Directror :
Mark Monheim
Cast :
Jasna Fritzi Bauer,Heike Makatsch,Aurel Manthei
Writer :
Mark Monheim,Martin Rehbock
Type :
Time :
1h 44min
Rating :
About a Girl (2014) Online

Charleen, 15, quick-witted and sassy, is Kurt Cobain's biggest fan and wonders why 'growing up' has to be so complicated. One day, feeling especially melodramatic and rebellious, she decides to pull the plug on her life. Luckily, she fails - and discovers what fun life and love can really be!
Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasna Fritzi Bauer Jasna Fritzi Bauer - Charleen
Heike Makatsch Heike Makatsch - Sabine
Aurel Manthei Aurel Manthei - Jeff
Simon Schwarz Simon Schwarz - Volker
Lauritz Greve Lauritz Greve - Oscar
Dorothea Walda Dorothea Walda - Oma Emmi
Amelie Plaas-Link Amelie Plaas-Link - Isa
Sandro Lohmann Sandro Lohmann - Linus
Nikolaus Frei Nikolaus Frei - Dr. Frei
Heike Koslowski Heike Koslowski - Frau Richter
Rafael Gareisen Rafael Gareisen - Tim
Joana Verbeek von Loewis Joana Verbeek von Loewis - Paula
Horst Sachtleben Horst Sachtleben - Pfarrer
Michael Gempart Michael Gempart - Bestatter Kurt
Jens Peter Nünemann Jens Peter Nünemann - Dr. Kai Martini

Takes it's name from the Nirvana single, 'About a Girl' from the 1989 album 'Bleach'.

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First off, Kurt Cobain has very little to do with About A Girl. He gets a passing mention, along with other 27 Club members Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse. Claiming its protagonist Charleen is Cobain's biggest fan in the logline is just a marketing ploy to get people to watch the film – but it doesn't need those tricks. Music does have its small part, with not-too- expensive/recognisable English language rock making much of the soundtrack, though it's a little too twee for grunge. That's not the tone About A Girl is going for.

Charleen, played by Jasna Fritzi Bauer, is a 15 year old girl who attempts suicide to skip the pains of growing up. While she quickly regrets and reforms, she finds getting life to feel normal again more difficult than she imagined. Living in a full house with her mother, little brother, deadbeat dad, kooky grandmother, and her mother's boyfriend who happens to be her schoolteacher – it's a dysfunctional family film. But for someone who's ostensibly depressed, the film shows that Charleen has a large amount of facets to her life.

A depressed person is usually blind to this love that surrounds them. But this is not a film about depression. This is about lifting us free from those cynical thoughts. And it does quite a decent job. There are tragedies and hardships, but above all it's an identifiable feel-good film. We can all admit as teenagers at our most dramatic we considered death to be an easy and quicker way out. Here it's sincere without resorting to cheap sentiment, if sometimes indulging in cheap pleasure.

The heart of the film is the relationship between mother, played by Heike Makatsch, and daughter. There's a compassion and understanding between them that's really refreshing. It's a shame the film tries to stuff itself too much with the relationships between Charleen and her family, her best friend who's her polar opposite, a typical nerd who becomes a love interest, her psychiatrist, and so on.

Some are subversions of their respective archetypes, in particular the best friend once she's developed, but the effort isn't spread to the entire ensemble as many are much lazier clichés. Too many of these fringe relationships add too little, or just don't click in an engaging way. It feels like it's ticking boxes to cover ground. That screen time could have been better used to focus on the mother. It admits, life is hard in the face of mortality, and it adds that the teenage days do matter.

Bauer is a particular highlight in the cast, giving Charleen a key maturity that makes her an engaging character. It's surprising yet unsurprising to learn that she's playing a character 10 years her junior. She has a sardonic wit that could really grind delivered by anyone else but her comic timing is sharp enough to make it work. There are some contrivances in the acting from the cast however, with characters reacting to things just because the script says though. That's more a fault with Mark Monheim's focus and direction.

However, the film has engaging pacing and vibrant photography, including a frequent use of crane work to make it especially cinematic. It comes alive with dynamic Mitty-eque fantasy sequences which may be at an excess but they entertain at least. The montages may be ill- advised as too much drama unfolds silently. About A Girl is a mixed bag, but its honest compassion to teen angst resonates strong enough to overcome its weakest points."


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A few weeks ago I accidentally stumbled over this movie on Bavarian TV. Because of its dry sense of humour it felt immediately different from the usual German comedies because this movie in its essence is meant to be a comedy despite the fact that it is about the suicide attempt of a teenager.

In my eyes the film's main character Charleen is just adorable. Despite her cynical comments the nice girl inside the rebellious teenager always remains visible, especially when being with her Grandma, who she calls her best friend. The persuasiveness of Charleen's character must also be greatly credited to the excellent playing of Jasna Fritzi Bauer, who has done a great job in creating this witty character half in despair. Quite incredible also that Jasna was already 24 years old, when the movie was made.

At certain moments, however, it felt difficult to understand why Charleen is feeling so desperate and not understood, because the environment and family she is growing up in may not be perfect but is still a caring one. Especially the relationship to her mother seems to be in good order. On the other hand, the chaotic emotional mix of a teenager, who is trying to define herself in a world, that more and more loses its fairy tale character of childhood, comes across very plausible, so that in a certain way the suicide attempt makes sense, especially with someone who has a weakness for anything dead in the first place. In the end it turns out that it was only meant to be a cry for help, as it often is the case.

Next to the main character Charleen the movie offers a good mix of interesting underparts with likewise good acting performances. Some scenes at the psychotherapist, to which Charleen is sent to, are just hilarious.

The movie also convinces for its realistic and witty dialogues, in which sometimes harsh words are spoken out but overall the movie is not over the top rude. It just feels like real world conversations.

Moreover, the movie is full of funny ideas. For instance Charleen's weakness for anything dead is exemplified by the 3 facts that she is an admirer of dead musicians like Jimmy Hendrix, Kurt Cobain or Amy Winehouse, that she is collecting self-made Polaroid photos of dead animals found on the street and that she's doing her internship with an undertaker. When sitting in the waiting room of her psychotherapist we can see her imagining how the suicide attempts of the other clients failed because she cannot imagine any other reason why someone would consult a psychotherapist.

Also the class room scene in which Charleen and her best friend Isa remove the condomes from the rubber penises after a biology course about contraception, is quite ludicrous.

Likewise worth mentioning is the good soundtrack which contributes a great deal to the quality of the movie with an above-average share of music. Some of the songs, most of them alternative rock, were composed especially for the movie. It is easily imaginable that Charleen, who is often wearing earphones during the movie, would listen to this kind of music (apart from the fact that the musicians are not yet dead).

Last but not least the movie also does not fall short in bringing across some philosophical message, which is, that it is in fact death, which makes life such a valuable good. Heaven can still wait and life can even be fun, Charleen finds out in the end, especially when love is involved ...

If it was not for the weakness, that the movie sometimes gives the impression of living in a too beautiful puppet world, I would rate the movie with the top grade. Deducting this, it is still 9 out of 10 points, because it is definitely excellent entertainment.


"About a Girl" is a German film that was shown on very special occasions last year already, but was released to general audiences just a couple days ago in August 2015. Of course, it has nothing to do with the Hugh Grant film "About a Boy". The lead actress here is Jasna Fritzi Bauer and her niche seems to be playing characters that are considerably younger than she is, namely 26. In this film her, she plays a 15-year-old and I remember liking her performance in "Scherbenpark" from 2 years ago, where her character was also considerably under 20. Anyway, in recent years she has made her way into the most talented and most known actresses under 30 here in Germany. And I certainly liked her performance in this movie here. There is not a single scene where I felt she messed up and she carried this film nicely that I am sure hardly anybody could have played her role more convincingly. Good choice on casting her.

However, there were some worse choices in other areas. The writer and director is Mark Monheim and this is his first full feature movie after he made short films earlier in his career. Now I think he did fine with the directing part, but the script really wasn't a revelation. I will start with the good things though. I liked the way that Bauer's character was written for the most part and her psychiatrist was pretty interesting too with his mannerisms. Unfortunately, basically all family members of the main character were really uninteresting, most of all her grandmother, who was written so generic and uninspiring and we have seen characters like her dozens of times in the past already. The death was entirely predictable and the way she was a figure of respect and yet a friend to Bauer's character was occasionally pretty annoying to watch. The way Makatsch's character was written and especially the three men in her life wasn't much better. At least this one was saved in the end by her not going for the doctor, but staying with the teacher. Otherwise, this really could have been a fairly horrible plot. And finally, there were some quotes from dialogs that were not pleasant to watch (and listen to) on several occasions as well. One example would be when she calls the nerdy boy from her class her jackpot near the end. This was fairly cringeworthy and over-the-top, especially unrealistic for a 15-year-old girl.

There are parts that could have been cut entirely and the entire script should have been taken and improved on many occasions in my opinion. There are okay passages, but all in all the negative is more dominant. They certainly could have kept this film at under 90 minutes and nothing of value would have been lost if they had crossed out the right (or I should say wrong) passages. However, Monheim is still new to making feature films and maybe also the problem was his co-writer Martin Rehbock, who is not exactly experienced either. So i will be a bit generous with the rating. And after all, Jana Fritzi Bauer's performance makes this one still worth a watch. Thumbs up for her and I am certainly curious about her next projects.


"About a girl" tells the story of a young girl, who all of a sudden decides to set an end to her life. While she fails at the attempt, alarming her environment, she gets to learn new aspects of life, including love.

I had a string feeling that this film tries to be something special and indeed it is in some aspects. It delivers a strange set of characters who do strange things and express strange thoughts. Of course the concept of two strange adolescents meeting and falling in love isn't really new in itself, and in a way the movie strongly reminded me of "The fault in our stars". Unfortunately, in some aspects the producers couldn't resist doing typical German cinema, with a dysfunctional family portrayed in a funny way and some elements that wouldn't surprise in a Schweiger movie neither. Still, this is surely one of the better German cinema releases and it has enough special elements to give a thump up.

All in all this movie is worth a watch. It's not the best of its kind but it is quite promising that there are good filmmakers out there who can set focus on the little things in life.