Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Swiss helmer Anna Luif's gently observant, teen-oriented romantic seriocomedy Little Girl Blue transpires in a middle-class community in Switzerland, where the first stirrings of romantic affection blossom between two idiosyncratic adolescents. Muriel Newkom is 13-year-old Sandra, a newcomer in her suburb, whose parents' marriage is gradually beginning to wear thin. She spends long afternoons on her bicycle, riding around the housing development, and it is on one of those treks that she happens upon the wallet of local boy Mike (Andreas Eberle) - a handsome classmate from her school. No stranger to familial dysfunction himself, Mike struggles with an alienated and confused mother, Kathrin (Sabine Berg), still reeling from the unexpected death of her daughter. Sandra and Mike instantly develop a strong rapport and begin to fall for one another, but Sandra faces romantic rivalry from the class prima donna, Nadja (Marina Guerrini) who also fancies the boy's affections. Moreover, an unforeseen complication develops when Mike's mother and Sandra's father not only begin an affair, but turn up together in a car - little knowing that the kids are hiding in the back seat - and Sandra neglects to tell Mike that the lover in question is her father. Luif co-scripted this film with Micha Lewinsky; it gains a historic footnote as one of the first mainstream Swiss features shot on high-definition video.
dysfunctional, family, teenagers, wallet