Belgium / France 2016, 96 min
“An uncompromising, free-spirited and genuine portrait of a young woman”
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.
'a confident, witty debut'
'Baden Baden really shines'
An intriguing feature debut filled with keen observations
and slices of dark humor.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
'Vigorously inventive... Lang is uncommonly assured for a first time director.'
THE VILLAGE VOICE
TIME OUT LONDON
'Five Stars. Magical!'
THE FINANCIAL TIMES