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In Dorothée van den Berghe's delicate and touching coming-of-age story, 10-year-old Karo moves with her parents Raven and Dalia to a vibrant and carefree artists' squat in 1970s Amsterdam. The group lives in a space without walls, espousing views of free love, community, and revelry. But when Raven's relationship with a new woman—and Dalia's subsequent jealousy—fractures their family and threatens the commune's utopia, both Raven's lofty ideals and Karo's childish innocence will be challenged by the messy realities of human emotion.

Girl director van den Berghe draws on her own childhood in bohemian Amsterdam to craft a tender and visually lush portrait of adolescence. Newcomer Anna Franziska Jäger is captivating as Karo, channeling the universal childhood revelation that nothing stays the same forever and even grown-ups don't have all the answers. Through Karo's innocent point of view, we witness events beyond her years to comprehend, while the film's nostalgic tone and autobiographical perspective infuse it with a sense of understanding in hindsight.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 101 minutes
Language: Dutch, French
Country: Belgium
Premiere: New York
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Anna Franziska Jäger, Deborah François, Matthias Schoenaerts
Director: Dorothée van den Berghe
Screenwriter: Dorothée van den Berghe, Peter van Kraaij
Producer: Bert Hamelinck, Frank Van Passel, Kato Maes
Director of Photography: Jan Vancaillie
Production Designer: Gert Stas
Press Contacts

Print Source
Caviar Films
Caviar Films
Brussels, 1000
Phone: +32 2 423 20 00

Print Source
Caviar Films
Caviar Films
Brussels, 1000
Phone: +32 2 423 20 00

About the Director(s)
Dorotheée van den Berghe was born in Ghent, Belgium but spent most of her childhood in Amsterdam. She studied sculpture and film at the Sint-Lucas School in Brussels. After several short films, her debut feature Girl won two awards at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2002.


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