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The Unpolished

THE UNPOLISHED (Die Unerzogenen) Pia Marais, D 2007, 95 min

An ambivalent childhood ...

Stevie, a precocious 14-year-old girl must cope with the instabilities of her immoderate parents. When they decide to move to a small provincial town in Germany, Stevie attempts to slip into a normal life. Whilst her parents playfully escape their responsibilities, Stevie tries to make a good impression in town, spreading stories of grandeur and claiming to be the daughter of a diplomat. She makes progress. Yet the good weather doesn’t last and before long, she discovers that her parents have once more resorted to illegal means, as a way of supporting their leisurely lifestyle. As friends and hangers-on of her parents fill their new home, the chaos continually mounts. It is in this atmosphere of physical and emotional destruction, that Stevie must now take a decision.
THE UNPOLISHED/ DIE UNERZOGENEN tells the story of a girl caught up in a complicated adult world. A world in which the child/parent roles have been washed away and responsibilities are thrown back and forth.

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Press Coverage

A confident debut feature...marks Marais out as a distinctive voice! (Screen Daily, Jonathan Romney)

THE UNPOLISHED is humanist filmmaking of the highest order. (Brad Stevens)

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