Richard, a successful lawyer, seduces the young student Stella and then dumps her. After forcing her to have an abortion, Stella commits suicide.
Stella, unerfahren und jung, geht ahnungslos ihrem Untergang entgegen. Richard verführt sie, seine Frau Anna beobachtet die Affäre mit kühlem Blick. Stella wird das Opfer einer kaputten, bürgerlichen Familienidylle, die mit allen Mitteln aufrechterhalten werden muss. Annas Niederschrift der eigenen Mitschuld ist die beklemmende Bestandsaufnahme einer einsamen Heldin, Ehefrau und Mutter.
DIRECTOR: Julian Pölsler
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Walter Kindler
OPERATOR: Sebastian Thaler
PRODUCER: Dieter Pochlatkor
SHOT ON: ARRI Alexa Mini (RAW)
PRODUCTION: EPO Film
CAST: Matthias Brandt, Martina Gedeck
"Lenser Sebastian Thaler, son of Ulrich Seidl’s regular cinematographer Wolfgang Thaler, lights and shoots with a crisp, limpid immediacy that makes him a talent to watch. His work gives even the simplest shot a vivid yet pensive effect, whether he’s filming a nightclub scene, a yoga routine, a wide shot of salmon-colored tower blocks in Kiev, or resting on one of the principals’ faces to catch their quicksilver expressions." by Jessica Kiang (view orginal critic)
"In a fragmentary film with few dialogues, in which much is not pronounced, the imagery takes over an important part of the narrative. In "Ugly", the audience is given a lot of space, in wide tableaus as well as in intensive close-ups. Through the symbiosis of spontaneous and unkitted, but at the same time highly composed images, the film develops a veritable pull that is difficult to avoid. Due to the variety of subjects, lighting scenes and compositions and the always surprising new perspectives, the film is always in motion despite its quiet narrative style." by Julia Drack, Michael Loebensetin & Holger Stern
Michael Ballhaus Awards:
"An intelligent and intuitive cameraman accompanies two outstanding actors, in long moving sequences, with an instinct for body language and facial expression" by the Jury of FIRST STEPS