Das Fräulein (Fraulein)
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Writer/director Andrea Staka's Das Fräulein paints an exceptionally sensitive, multilayered, and richly textured portrait of a blossoming friendship between two adult women. Mirjana Karanovic is Ruza, a Slavic émigré in her fifties, who years ago transplanted herself from her native Serbia to Zurich, Switzerland. Quiet, introverted, and stoic, she runs a canteen business in the city and trusts absolutely no one, building her life exclusively around income. She and her Croatian associate, Mila (Ljubica Jovic), are confronted with the sudden arrival of Ana (Marija Skaricic), a much younger… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"The film dwells on different ways of coming to terms with a traumatic past, and it's clearly a subject dear to the heart of director Andrea Staka, who grew up in Switzerland but is of Bosnian and Croatian heritage."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Sensitively drawn and lensed with special attention to characterization and tone, Andrea Staka's Golden Leopard winner Fraulein introduces a strong new voice in Swiss cinema."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Easier to admire than actually enjoy."
‑ Steve Simels, Boxoffice Magazine
"A tense yet lyrical psychological drama about the brutal effects of extreme historical shifts, war and cultural displacement without a single frame depicting historical cataclysm, yet where the past is always present even in life's most private moments."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Presents immigrant lives with significantly more empathy than detail."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Refreshingly and sympathetically about women deciding to live in Switzerland as émigré, exile, immigrant, or refugee from Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"It's a fine movie--spare and moving--and, in its way, also kind of daring."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"As a character study, this feels as real as a knife cut, slicing to the heart of shattered dreams, long-forgotten hopes and aspirations which may go unfulfilled."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Stylized with a recurring misty focus, the film's economically captured detail shots (gestures, expressions, caught moments) convey genuine sensitivity without the expected weepiness."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Murky drama about three displaced immigrant women with deep emotional scars ..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It seems disingenuous to call Fraulein a film when it's more like a glossy fashion magazine layout."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"With outstanding performances and a keen eye for detail, Fraulein continues to expand the cinematic exploration of the heritage of the Balkan Wars from a female point of view after Grbavica."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
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