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The Ground Beneath My Feet

(Der Boden unter den Füßen)

There are some things worse than hacking one’s way through a gig economy, particularly if you’re a woman. Take the case of Lola Wegenstein, who’s trying to find stability in multinational corporate hell. Beautifully played by Valerie Pachner in this searing film written and directed by Marie Kreutzer, Lola is attractive, intelligent, and health conscious – the opening scene shows her on a morning run. She’s also a walking ball of anxiety in her professional role at a high-powered consulting firm that trims the fat from troubled companies.

Poster for the Austrian psychodrama The Ground Beneath My FeetThe conscience-challenging part of corporate work notwithstanding, Lola is constantly undercut by male colleagues (one of whom taunts her by exposing himself after she indignantly follows him into the men’s lavatory) and she can’t even trust her immediate superior, who also happens to be her girlfriend.

Her firm is also one of those places that doesn’t like employees bringing any personal drama to the office. And Lola has some. Lola’s older sister, Conny (played with spectacular, terrifying vividness by Pia Hierzegger), is schizophrenic. Her most recent suicide attempt has landed her in a mental hospital, from which Conny pesters Lola with phone calls claiming patient abuse. Except that the hospital insists that Conny has no phone access.

While it sometimes dons the characteristics of a psychological thriller, The Ground Beneath My Feet eventually unfolds a powerful, metaphor-driven fable, one full of sorrow and anger about the way we live now. This is crafty, first-rank filmmaking.

– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

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