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UNPOLISHED, THE

Germany, 2006 (MIFF 2008, International Panorama)

Director: Pia Marais

UNPOLISHED, THE

“How do children define themselves or rebel against their parents, when the lines separating the generations seem to disintegrate?” - filmmaker Pia Marais

At 14 years old, Stevie should be at school or hanging out with kids her age, instead - having reunited with her druggie father (Turkish-German actor Birol ünel) after his release from prison - she spends her days engaged in petty crime and time-wasting. Shacking up in a large house in rural Germany, her family attracts a ménage of hangers-on and free-spirited hippies, none of whom want to grow up or take responsibility.

In a world of instability Stevie is left to her own devices, discovering her own voice and sexuality, and growing in a way her parents always refused to.


D Pia Marais P Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel S Horst Markgraf, Pia Marais WS The Match Factory
L German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/94mins

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