The Forest for the Trees (Der Wald vor lauter Baumen)
The Forest for the Trees (Der Wald vor lauter Baumen) (2005)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 22, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Forest has the look of a film that might have been made by a first-timer with visions of Sundance in her head.

Eddie Cockrell

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.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Audiences will cringe at the worst patches of the uneven film.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

An affecting, very intelligent work, done with an eye for realism and a heart for the lonely, insulted and injured.

Matthew Turner

Engaging, low-budget German drama with a strong script and a heart-breaking central performance from Eva Löbau.

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Jeremy Mathews
Film Threat

The movie makes the audience, like many of the other characters in the movie, simply want to get rid of her.

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Time Out

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.

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Jamie Woolley

For a first film, it's accomplished; for a college project, it's astonishing.

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Greg Bellavia
Film Threat

A very well put together slice of life story showing us a character that always feels one hundred percent realistic.

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