Wednesday, August 03, 2011

AT ELLEN'S AGE (Pia Marais, 2010)

**½
Germany
Jeanne Balibar plays a stewardess who discovers her lover has impregnated another woman, ditches him, breaks down mid-air safety instructions, then follows her inscrutable impulses, drifting from one faintly surreal situation to another. A dark, knowing antidote to the Eat Pray Love industry, Marais' film coasts by for a while on Balibar's natural magnetism and a nicely judged, nervy aesthetic. But eventually the heroine's misadventures start to feel arbitrary and interchangeable.

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