Das Fräulein (Fraulein)
Das Fräulein (Fraulein) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Jay Weissberg

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.

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Steve Simels
Boxoffice Magazine

Easier to admire than actually enjoy.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Presents immigrant lives with significantly more empathy than detail.

Nora Lee Mandel

Refreshingly and sympathetically about women deciding to live in Switzerland as émigré, exile, immigrant, or refugee from Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists.

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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's a fine movie--spare and moving--and, in its way, also kind of daring.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Stylized with a recurring misty focus, the film's economically captured detail shots (gestures, expressions, caught moments) convey genuine sensitivity without the expected weepiness.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Murky drama about three displaced immigrant women with deep emotional scars ...

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

It seems disingenuous to call Fraulein a film when it's more like a glossy fashion magazine layout.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In a Zurich restaurant, Ana(Marija Skaricic), a new employee, is warned against throwing a surprise party for her boss Ruza(Mirjana Karanovic), who is old… More
Dimitris Springer
Touching moments,fierce reality but what struck me most is the short amount of time and the debut whistle.While it's certainly not a groundbreaking… More