Un peu beaucoup

Melanie has just reached the age at which she is allowed to drink a glass of wine with her parents on special occasions, and she no longer needs to sneak cigarettes. One thing she does hide are her meetings with Georg, the object of her older sister´s worship, who has just returned to town after a long absence. A relationship gradually develops, and Georg occasionally sneaks into her bedroom at night - almost as if in a dream. Everything changes when Melanie finds out she is pregnant: Georg disappears as suddenly as he showed up, and she is left alone with a baby she feels no affection for.

Un peu beaucoup is indicative of the tone of this film in which, although a great deal happens, the girl´s story is told in a calm and nearly matter-of-fact manner: There is little dialogue, the focus being the looks, glances and gestures its protagonists use to communicate - at the same time, a great deal of attention was also paid to everyday details.
The "bit much" of the title also characterizes Melanie´s emotional life. While it has been thrown into turmoil, the sweeping changes she is undergoing are not permitted to show on the surface. What Melanie feels is expressed in the form of music while she quietly plays a waiting game, apparently preferring to react to others rather than take the initiative herself. In the end everything becomes a "bit too much" for her, and her pent-up anger and disappointment lead to a drastic act, which at the same time does not conflict with the film´s reserved tenor.

(Aki Beckmann)

Orig. Title
Un peu beaucoup
Year
2003
Country
Austria
Duration
34 min
Director
Marie Kreutzer
Category
Short fiction
Orig. Language
german
Subtitles
english
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Credits
Director
Marie Kreutzer
Script
Marie Kreutzer
Cinematography
Dani Purer
Sound
Odo Grötschnig
Editing
Ulrike Kofler
Actor/Actress
Oliver Rosskopf, Pauline Reiner, Helma Gautier
Costumes
Mandana Tischeh
Set Design
Michaela Weisskirchner, Walter Sovinz, Lena Koppe
Production
Marie Kreutzer
Production Manager
Nina Wilhelm
Supported by
Wien Kultur, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien/Abteilung Film und Fernsehen, BKA. Kunst
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,66
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2003
Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
Wien - StudentInnenfilmfestival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
Ludwigsburg - Filmfest
Wiesbaden - exground on screen
2004
Angers - Premiers Plans
Bamberg - Kurzfilmtage
Chicago - Women in the Director's Chair
2005
Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival