Dreileben: Beats Being Dead
Johannes is a loner who wants a better job. And then he meets Ana. Ana is attractive and even though her job is even less prestigious than Johannes's, he falls for her. And then she quits her job to be with him (and be dependent on him) and suddenly things become much more serious. She has fallen for him. But does he still love her? Did he ever? Enter Sarah. Sarah is the daughter of Johannes's boss. He and she have a past. Will Sarah and what she represents be his future, and Ana just a memory, something he'd like to erase?
Part of the SF Intl Film Festival, I saw this with A. The atmosphere and colors were my favorite bits. And the motifs of reflection and a song were nice as well.
This first entry was my favorite of the trilogy. Often in romantic dramas, or any genre for that matter, when it comes to portraying mutual attraction between two characters, more often than not I'm not sold. This was not the case in Christian Petzold's Beats Being Dead.
The film has all the characteristics of a masterfully crafted coming-of-age tale, yet were it not for the many background distractions of police helicopters, and ambulances whizzing by I would have thought this just some exceptional coming-of-age story and left it at that. Yet, once I took into account the film's haunting musical score, the small town nestled within the forest setting, the tragically satisfying ending, and the police backdrops I couldn't help…