The Forest for the Trees (Der Wald vor lauter Baumen)
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The Forest for the Trees (Der Wald vor lauter Baumen)
An idealistic young educator is ostracized for her lack of teaching skills and civil graces. Full of youthful idealism, Melanie Proeschle leaves her rural flat and boyfriend to take a mid-year post teaching fifth and ninth graders in the southwestern German city of Karlsruhe. The school atmosphere is immediately intimidating and her older colleagues are dismissive of her more progressive teaching techniques. The only teacher near her own age is the geeky Thorsten Rehm, who seems friendly but comes on too strong. Things seem initially more promising at home, where Melanie greets her new… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Forest has the look of a film that might have been made by a first-timer with visions of Sundance in her head."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Tapping in to primal fears of professional ineptitude and social rejection with an almost sadistic meticulousness, The Forest for the Trees is a precisely modulated first film."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Audiences will cringe at the worst patches of the uneven film."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"With friends like this, you'd swear off friends for life."
‑ Oz,
"An affecting, very intelligent work, done with an eye for realism and a heart for the lonely, insulted and injured."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Engaging, low-budget German drama with a strong script and a heart-breaking central performance from Eva Löbau."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A very well put together slice of life story showing us a character that always feels one hundred percent realistic."
‑ Greg Bellavia, Film Threat
"All you can do is sit there and wait for the meltdown, and to see how many people Melanie takes out when she goes all Jeremy."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Eva Löbau's lynchpin performance as Melanie is a shattering lesson in the tropes of timidity and awkwardness, and serves in taking this cinema of cruelty into as yet uncharted territory."
‑ , Time Out
"For a first film, it's accomplished; for a college project, it's astonishing."
‑ Jamie Woolley,
"The movie makes the audience, like many of the other characters in the movie, simply want to get rid of her."
‑ Jeremy Mathews, Film Threat
"It's impossible not to emphasize with [the main character]..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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