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The Forest for the Trees
Directed by Maren Ade • 2003 • Germany
Starring Eva Löbau, Daniela Holtz, Jan Neumann
Bursting with idealism, Melanie Pröschle (Eva Löbau), leaves home to start her teaching career, armed with alternative methods and bright-eyed optimism. On her first day of classes, she gives an ambitious speech, saying that she wants to offer a “breath of fresh air” to the school. Instead, Melanie finds rejection from her colleagues, torture from her students, and loneliness in her personal life.