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BEAUTIFUL BITCH

Director: MARTIN THEO KRIEGER

GERMANY • 2007 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO • 35MM • 101 MIN


The title may seem a bit flippant until you see the film, but this is a powerful and honest drama inspired by the real experiences of young people caught up in street crime. It tells of Bica (nicknamed ‘Bitch’), who lives on the mean streets of Bucharest. Lured by the promises of former policeman Cristu, she follows him to Dusseldorf to earn money for her young brother who has been taken into care by the child protection service. But the job in Germany turns out to be working for a gang of ruthless pickpockets. On one of her thieving missions, Bica meets Milka, daughter of a wealthy family. It is through her relationship with this equally troubled girl that Bica catches a glimpse of the supposedly ‘good life’ of privileged Western teenagers.

Blessed with two strong central performances, director Martin Theo Krieger’s film takes an honest look at young women who prove to have more in common than their very different social backgrounds would ever suggest.

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