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Nothing much is original in this soggy tale of two German women whose friendship persists despite adversity and their own bad choices. Katrin (Inka Friedrich) is a divorced mother who, though attractive and educated, can't land a job; her best pal, Nike (Nadja Uhl), is a bombshell who labors as a home health-care worker. Nike's most self-destructive tendency is her poor taste in men, soon demonstrated when she enters a romance with a boorish trucker (Andreas Schmidt). But the movie ambles for a full hour before we learn what holds Katrin back, and the revelation feels like it's been tacked on just to give the narrative a much-needed arc. Directed by Andreas Dresen. In German with subtitles. 105 min.

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