Synopsis by Mark Deming
An angry young woman hits the road in search of adventure in this comedy drama from Germany. 18-year-old Anke (Julia Hummer) is a student in a small town in Northern Germany where she feels suffocated at school and is at constant odds with her mother (Lena Stolze). Anke believes that her mother's frequent infidelity led her father to take his own life, and now she's embarrassed to learn that her mother is having an affair with the husband of one of her school teachers. Determined to make a career for herself as a musician and move on to better things, Anke leaves town and heads for Hamburg with her boyfriend Hannes (Denis Moschitto) and her dog in tow. Hannes is not as free-spirited as Anke, and soon she takes on a new traveling companion, Ulf (Nic Romm), who has just inherited some land and a boat from his father. Ulf is eager to hit the high seas and Anke offers to join him, though she begins to wonder if his carefree nature may be a sign of something deeper and more troubling. Northern Star was the first feature film from writer and director Felix Randau who began the picture as his graduation project from film school. The film received enthusiastic notices in its premier screening at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival.
dog, musician, student