Wolfe has selected June 30 as the domestic DVD debut date for award-winning German filmmaker Monika Treut’s latest Lesbian-themed coming-of-age drama, Of Girls and Horses.
Alex (aka: Alexa) (played by Ceci Schmitz-Chuh — Umsonst, Unpolished) is 16 and nothing but a worry to her stepmother. Drugs and shoddy schoolwork has landed her at a working horse farm for the summer. It is the last place Alex thinks she wants to be, but this is really a do or die situation for her immediate future, both in school and at home.
It’s not that she’s your classic “rebel without a cause,” defiant for defiant’s sake. She just feels out of place. She is shy; almost reclusive … sensitive.
So the beauty and peace of this German North Sea coastal area (probably in the vicinity of Kiel, up near the Danish border) is, ironically, just what she needs. Upon arrival, she meets her instructor and would-be mentor Nina (Vanida Karun) and it becomes clear from the outset that she is in an on-again, off-again relation with Christine (Ellen Grell).
With the two currently on the outs, Nina has time to encourage Alex, who takes to the horses, the riding and their care, quite naturally. It is as if a great weight has been lifted, but those nagging little addictions are hard to let go of.
It is when the horse-owning teenager, Kathy (Alissa Wilms), arrives on a summer vacation from the city arrives that the past for Alex really begins to be just that, the past. The two are kindred spirits — the class lines are blurred — and their summer becomes one of horses and personal exploration.
Of Girls and Horses is presented in German with English subtitles.