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Petra Schmidt-Schaler (l-r), Julia Becker and Jessica Schwarz at the “Over & Out” premiere in Hamburg. Photo

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Julia Becker sends her heroines on an emotional rollercoaster, Doris Dorey takes them to the ladies’ pool, and Isabelle Huppert floats through make-believe worlds.

Nora Tschirner, Jessica Schwarz, Andrea Sawatzki, Nilam Farooq and Isabelle Huppert – women in particular are the focus of the new films. Lars Eidinger also plays a role.

Tragedy-comedy “Over and Out”: A road trip with a dead woman

When they were twelve, friends Leah (Jessica Schwarz), Maja (Nora Schirner), Steffy (Julia Becker), and Toni (Petra Schmidt-Schaler) vowed to celebrate all their weddings together. 26 years later, Maja invites her friends to her wedding in Italy via video message.

Once there, the three friends, who lead completely different lives and have nothing to say to each other, are in for a nasty surprise: Maja has invited them not to her wedding, but to her funeral! To fulfill their friend’s last wish, the trio join forces and finally face the uncomfortable truths of their lives. Directed by Julia Becker (“Maybe, Baby!”), who also wrote the screenplay.

Over & Out, Germany 2022, 109 min., 12 to FSK, with Julia Becker, Jessica Schwarz, Nora Schirner and Petra Schmidt-Schaler

Doris Dory’s Summer Comedy: Among Women “At the Open Air Pool.”

The temperature is high and the mood is calm. Perfect for the pool or beach. But the potential for conflict is high in the slow summer mood, as Doris Dorey makes clear in her new comedy, “Freebad.” Her bathroom is for women only, and they should enjoy their visit here without the annoying stares of men.

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At first glance, it works well. But while lounging comfortably under a parasol, gossiping is wonderful. So a lot of drama, big and small, takes place at the edge of the pool. The argument escalates when a group of women wearing black veils enter the bathroom. Dori has starred in her films including Andrea Sawatzky, Lisa Wagner, Nilam Farooq and Swiss Melody Vakivumina.

Freibad, Germany 2022, 102 min., 12 to FSK, with Doris Dorey, Andrea Sawatsky, Nilam Farooq, Melody Wakivumina

Huppert and Eidinger star in “The Time We Share.”

France’s acting talent Isabelle Huppert has once again created her own film world. As Joan, she plays a successful publisher in The Time We Divide. French director Laurent Lariviere’s film tells more than just the professional and personal relationships of Till, played by Lars Edinger. After an early blow of fate, Joan constructs an illusionary world in which her son Nathan seems to accompany her through life. Only she can untie it.

The Time We Share, Germany, France, Ireland 2022, 101 minutes, FSK 12, by Laurent Lariviere, with Isabelle Huppert, Lars Eidinger, Freya Mavor and Svan Arlod


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