Rachel Lang’s impressive feature film debut effortlessly interlaces comedy and drama with spare, striking compositions and understated droll humor. Lang fully immerses us in free-spirited Ana’s quarter-life crisis, as she negotiates the disparate elements of her peripatetic existence and her love life. Discovery Salomé Richard is intoxicating as Ana: erratic, unreliable, yet very relatably human. Whether expressing her story in cinematic views of a jungle dreamscape, stunning shots of Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame de Haut chapel, or cringeworthy squirts of ketchup onto a plate of vegetables, Lang’s images beautifully float along much like Ana’s life, constructed loosely upon the completion of an interminable bathroom renovation for her beloved grandma, in the company of a lovelorn handyman who can’t seem to fix anything. Ana’s meandering inspires recognition of our own lost moments in life, and the ability to find the strength and faith required to embrace the journey every step along the way.
Tittle: Baden Baden
Style: Drama film/Comedy
Country: France, Belgium
Running Time: 1h 36 min
Director: Rachel Lang
Actors: Salomé Richard, Claude Gensac, Swann Arlaud, Zabou Breitman.
Sun, Oct 9, 8:30 PM @The Cinearts Sequoia (Sequoia 1), 25 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA. 94941
Mon, Oct 10, 2:00 PM @The Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, (Rafael 2), 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA. 94901
Tue, Oct 11, 12:00 PM @The Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (Rafael 3), 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA. 94901