Cover image for The forest for the trees
Title:
The forest for the trees
Author:
Ade, Maren.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Film Movement, 2006.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
"Bursting with idealism, Melanie Pröschle, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city. Desperate to fulfil her hopes, Melanie intends to do everything the right way. Politely she introduces herself to her neighbours with homemade schnapps. At her first day of school she gives a very ambitious speech for her colleagues. She wants to be a 'fresh breeze' to the school, but it is not easy to start a new life, as Melanie copes with loneliness, established teachers and ninth grade students"--Film Movement website.
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2003.

Special features: director & cast bios; short film, Estes Avenue, written & directed by Paul Cotter, 2004 (3 min.).
Language:
German
Geographic Term:
Added Uniform Title:
Estes Avenue (Motion picture)
UPC:
616892697329
Format :
DVD

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A recent college graduate on her first teaching assignment finds her initial optimism quickly dashed due to the indifference of her students and the bitter cynicism of her fellow educators. Melanie (Eva Löbau) is a fresh-faced teacher who's eager to get in the classroom and share her enthusiasm for learning, but in order to get her career off the ground she'll first have to leave all of her loved ones in the country and establish herself in the city. Despite being exceptionally well-read on all the latest educational theory, however, Melanie quickly finds herself caught up in a hopeless wave of loneliness after arriving at the high school and getting a harsh dose of reality; not only are her students more unruly than she could have ever imagined, but the worn-down staffers seem intent on ensuring that she is dragged directly down to their level of misery and general malaise. Later, Melanie attempts to strike up a relationship with her neighbor Tina (Daniela Holtz), only to find herself unable to abide by the strict social codes of her strange new surroundings. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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