Unpolished (Die Unerzogenen)

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An adolescent girl being raised in a decidedly nontraditional household does her best to fit in with her peers in first-time filmmaker Pia Marais' rough-edged coming-of-age drama.

On the road in with drifter mother Lily (Pascale Schiller) while dad Axel (Birol Ünel) is serving time for slinging dope, 13-year-old Stevie (Céci Chuh) expects that the trio will head back to Portugal when her father gets out from behind bars.

When it's subsequently announced that they will instead be staying in Germany and living in the home of her recently deceased grandfather, Stevie does her best to make due despite the constant presence of lazy layabout Ingmar (Georg Friedrich) and promiscuous Louise (Joana Preiss) -- who have come to stay with the family indefinitely.

As Stevie begins to recognize just how harshly her chaotic home life seems to contrast the lives of her relatively normal peers, she begins to construct an elaborate web of tall tales in a desperate effort to fit in.

Later, while attempting to enroll in school, the troubled youngster finds her attempts to conform continually thwarted by her lackadaisical parents.


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