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About the Movie
'Baden Baden' charts the trials and tribulations of Ana, played brilliantly by Salomé Richard, a twenty-six-year-old returning home to Strasbourg for the summer after living abroad long enough to feel out of place everywhere. Like many in her generation, Ana lives a life teetering on the edge between comedy and melancholy. She is strong but full of self-doubt, tomboyish but sweet, temperamental and impulsive, innately clumsy, vulnerable, erotic — and rebellious. Her embodiment of contradictions presents a charming, fascinating and, above all, thoroughly complex portrait of a young person. After her acclaimed shorts, comes this award-winning debut feature from Belgian filmmaker Rachel Lang.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Baden Baden" does make a pertinent statement, one rare in movies today: that being ostensibly aimless in your mid-20s not only isn't the worst thing in the world, but it can also be kind of fun.
Fresh: Writer-director Lang explored the character with Richard in two shorts, and there's a lived-in feel to the portrait that emerges in the visually adventurous "Baden Baden," which weaves darkly luminous fantasy imagery into Ana's mostly aimless hours.
Fresh: That's not much of a story to build a film on, but writer-director Rachel Lang and star Salome Richard manage to craft an intriguing feature debut filled with keen observations and slices of dark humor.
Fresh: Lang is uncommonly assured for a first-time director, capturing her scenes in fluid master takes, rarely cutting from one character to the next, letting things unfold at the pace of in-the-moment human feeling.