The Ordinaries

120 mins.
Directed by Sophie Linnenbaum
German with subtitles
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Sun, 4/23

Have you ever felt like a minor character in your own life?

Paula hopes for a glamorous life in the front row, with its own storyline, thrilling scenes and full of music—not like her mother, who works as a supporting character stuck in the background, with limited dialogues and missing emotions.

Paula attends the school for main characters on a quest to prove she has what it takes to be a rousing lead. She is at the top of her class in cliff hanging, and can do slow motion and panicked screaming in her sleep—but, thus far, she has failed in creating great emotions. In search of true feelings, Paula soon finds herself in the abyss of the cinematic world, into the morass of hated outtakes, on the fringes of society.

But there, instead of cruel rebels, she meets lovable characters, people who live in constant fear of being cut out of the script. Digging deeper, her search brings her across some inconsistencies about the death of her father, who was a shiny main character.

Paula begins to doubt. About herself. About her place in the story. And about those who tell the stories.