So far, the life of 18-year-old Cindy – like Berlin’s ever incomplete new airport – is a suburban failure. When her classmates upload semi-naked pictures of her overweight body and her only friend and equally miserable neighbor leaves for Afghanistan, Cindy starts searching for recognition among foreign airport engineers. This convincingly played ugly duckling sexual awakening is a painful study of unequal power relations. Humorously told, it may capture a younger crowd who’ve yet to overdose on the trope of women ill-advisedly in thrall to male affirmation.
Schönefeld Boulevard | Directed by Sylke Enders (Germany 2014) with Julia Jendroßek, Daniel Sträßer, Uwe Preuss. Starts August 14
Originally published in issue #129, July/August 2014.