Brownian Movement

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Brownian Movement

Directed by Nanouk Leopold

  • Netherlands 2010; 102 min
  • Original version: Polish, English
  • Genre: Drama
    • The International Film Guide Award, New Horizons IFF

  • Berlinale Forum


Imagine a football stadium filled to the brim with people. Imagine also that a giant balloon is placed inside, filling the stadium’s central space. If everyone in the stadium dashes forward at once to push the balloon upwards, the forces they apply from all directions will counteract one another. The balloon will not move in the slightest until some of the participants weaken in their enthusiasm. Even then, from a helicopter television camera, the balloon would still seem immobile. But close-ups would reveal that its surface moves ever so slightly. This is Brownian movement.
At first glance, Charlotte and Max’s relationship, too, seems static. However, a closer look at Charlotte (Sandra Hüller) reveals a growing unrest in her features, a mysterious inner upheaval. We first see her in a moment where her composure succumbs to her body’s elusive impulses. The determined woman approaches the problem analytically, as if it were a part of her research work. As she attempts to get at the source of her turmoil, she sleeps with her physically unprepossessing patients in an antiseptic, one-room flat.




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