Film Info: ABOUT A GIRL

ABOUT A GIRL

ABOUT A GIRL
photo © Imbissfilm/Bastian Fischer

Charleen, nearly 16, is one of those teens who seem to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Maybe it’s her traineeship at an undertaker’s, or her passion for Kurt Cobain – Charleen seems drawn to the darker regions, even though she won’t pass up such Hollywood-worthy, communion-with-nature moments like getting soaked in the rain. Her mom thinks something’s wrong with her, but Charleen only wants to be left in peace. One day, feeling especially melodramatic and rebellious, she decides to call it quits with life. Luckily, her botched suicide attempt doesn’t take her to the hereafter, but to the here-in-the-hospital. Now comes real stress – with her crazy family, a creepy therapist, a by-the-book social worker, a perplexed best friend and a classroom full of idiots. But wait a minute, there’s also Linus, the school nerd whom she meets at the therapist’s. Weird for sure, but somehow caring, interested and fun to be with. In fact, life is really starting to be fun. After her first kiss with Linus and their first tentative embraces, it dawns on Charleen that the opposite of death is love – and that life deserves a second chance.

This upbeat, feel-good young-adult film stars sensational break-out star Jasna Fritzi Bauer alongside Emmy-nominated Heike Makatsch (LOVE, ACTUALLY; HILDE) in a spot-on depiction of a teen who revises her view on life after her failed suicide attempt. This fun and touching debut, directed by Mark Monheim, is a cheeky plea for love of life, even if life rarely turns out the way we expected!


Mark Monheim was born in 1977 in Bonn, where he spent his childhood. Early in his youth he discovered his passion for photography, story writing and rock music. In addition he became involved as a teenager with Greenpeace, BUND, the student newspaper and student council. In 1995 his mother died an early death. He believes this is where his interest in “serious” topics with humor and a hopeful tone comes from. After graduation in 1997, followed by community service at a children’s hospital in Munich, he began studying Documentary Film Direction at the University of Television and Film in Munich, where he graduated in 2008. During his studies, he worked as a stills photographer, assistant director, set manager, lighting technician, and driver for numerous major film productions. His films include: MICHELLE (short doc, 1999), ALBAN FAUST (short doc, 2001), HASS MICH (short, 2002), DER SCHWARZE MANN (short, 2005), MIT SECHZEHN BIN ICH WEG (short, 2007), and the feature ABOUT A GIRL (2014).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Mark Monheim
Screenplay Mark Monheim, Martin Rehbock
Cinematography Daniel Schoenauer
Cast Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Heike Makatsch, Aurel Manthei, Simon Schwarz, Sandro Lohmann, Lauritz Greve, Dorothea Walda
Producer Martin Rehbock
Co-Producer Uli Aselmann
Production Company Imbissfilm Stehle & Rehbock/Munich, in co-production with die film gmbh/Munich
Length 104 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2.39
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Rio de Janeiro 2014, Gijón 2014, Cleveland 2015, BUFF Malmö 2015, Stockholm Junior 2015, Dallas 2015, Zlín 2015, Cork 2016
Awards Enfants Terribles Award Best Feature film (over 13) Gijon 2014, Bavarian Film Prize 2014 (Best Upcoming Actress: Jasna Fritzi Bauer)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund

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