Director: Pia Marais
Eat, pray, whatever.
Idling through her forties, Ellen's life is about to hit the brakes. Losing her job, partner and mind all in the same week, she embarks on a bizarre anti-journey of self-discovery that finds her wandering through endless hotel-room corridors, living in squalor with self-righteous animal activists and, later, performing nude street theatre.
Pia Marais' follow-up to her 2007 debut, The Unpolished (MIFF 2006), is a warm but biting coming-of-middle-age drama. Featuring a magnetic performance by Jeanne Balibar as Ellen, At Ellen's Age is a frank, insightful portrait of a life that might, quite pleasantly, be heading toward nowhere.
Pia Marais is a guest of the Festival.
"Tough, dispassionate but also amusing and honest, it's only when the final credits roll that you realise this is a film dealing in ideas and provocations." - Time Out London
D Pia Marais P Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel S Horst Markgraf, Pia Marais WS The Match Factory L German w/ English subtitles TD 35mm/2010