Eighteen-year-old Maggy has a baby, Lucy, eight months old. She has dropped out of school and broken up with Lucy’s father. Maggy still lives with her mother, who often takes care of the baby so that Maggy can occasionally meet with her girlfriends or go out for an evening. At a disco she meets Gordon and soon falls in love with him. He’s not much older than she is, but she is impressed by the fact that he earns his own living and even has his own flat.
Director Henner Winckler seems to have a nose for relationship dynamics and how to present them on screen. His direction of the actors is superb, and with his editor Bettina Böhler (who also — perhaps not coincidentally — edited the aforementioned Sehnsucht) he niftily juxtaposes scenes that lend each other much more power than they would have singularly. When home alone with Lucy, Gordon has put on headphones to play a computer game and thus cannot hear Lucy cry, which angers Maggy when she finds out, accusing him of irresponsible behaviour. In the next scene, Maggy decides to cross the street to buy a beer and some peanuts. She is only away for a short while, but has left Lucy alone and in this time Gordon has come home. In most films, a third scene would then show the big argument they have over responsibility, but Winckler simply cuts to both of them in bed, Gordon caressing Lucy. No fuss, no theatrics, though it is clear that they must have discussed it, she might have cried, they have made up.
Subtitles:english and french (.srt)
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