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Berlinale 2014

Women and Work
"Top Girl or La déformation professionnelle"
By Bettina Schuler

Top Girl.Jacky (Julia Hummer) is a single mother based in Berlin. In the past she was working as an actress in a TV-series, but in lack of engagements she is actually earning her money as a prostitute. Why? She doesn't know. Maybe it is because for her it's nothing more than any other professional role, maybe it is because she doesn't have the stomach to go from casting to casting always being rejected at the end. But with time she realizes that the boundaries between her private and her professional life have dissolved and that the only solution is to change her role and get more influence.

Top Girl or la déformation professionelle is the second part of a trilogy about women and work directed by Tatjana Turanskyj. Julia Hummer, in Germany well-known for her part in Christian Petzold's Ghosts (Gespenster) plays a modern, independent woman who doesn't care about social conventions. In fact she is convinced that it is much more degrading to go to castings than to sell her body. But in her face you see the emptiness and loneliness caused by her job and that the selling of intimacy and sex can't be separated from the emotions of her private life.

Tatjana Turanskyj succeeds in showing how difficult it is for a woman to break out of the social structures that are ruled by men, no matter what profession. She succeeds as well in showing how difficult it is to sell your body but not your pride and dignity.

At the end Jacky finds out that the only solution to get her live back on track is to play a part in this society dominated by men and to accept their rules that include the humiliation of her own sex.

A sad resume for a movie by woman director.

Bettina Schuler
© FIPRESCI 2014

Bettina Maria Schuler is a German author and film critic settled in Berlin. She writes for different print magazines such as "Ray" and "Missy". Besides her work as a freelance journalist she also works as an editor for the Berlin magazine "Mitteschön".

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