13-year-old Charo seems like a typical Berlin teenager. She’s a student surrounded by good friends and has her eye on the coolest guy in school. But no one knows that Charo has been living in Germany illegally for years, not even her best friend Laura. Problems start to arise when Charo’s mother is caught by the police and wants to take Charo back to Columbia. Charo now needs to trust Laura with her secret because it’s the only way she’ll be able to fight for her future in Germany.
Puberty, trust, precarious living conditions and deceit: CAUSE I HAVE THE LOOKS intertwines a vibrant coming-of-age story with the exceptional situation of illegal immigration. The film is based on a true story. Neben Frieder Schlaichs Filmen NAOMIS REISE und OTOMO bildet er eine Trilogie über Migration und Rassismus in Deutschland.