Floating aka Das Floß! (2015, directed by Julia C. Kaiser, written by Julia C. Kaiser and Julia Becker)
[30 of 52 in #52FilmsByWomen]
Katha and Jana, a couple soon to be married, sets off on their own separate weekend-long bachelorette parties. Jana throws a party with her friends at her own home, while Katha is taken on a boat trip with her brother, childhood friends, and somewhat awkwardly, Momo who is the potential sperm donor for the couple.
The story mostly focuses on Katha’s boat trip, where we explore her character through her interactions and stories from her brother and friends on the boat. Though we occasionally the movie checks in on Jana, who is mostly drunk throughout her own party.
To me, this movie is mostly entertaining in the sense of vicariously enjoying a fun weekend boat trip with friends. There isn’t much conflict or obstacles in the story, and everything goes relatively smooth. The presence of Momo the potential sperm donor does introduce a bit of awkwardness with Katha, but mostly even he gets along pretty well with the rest of the group. Conflict doesn’t seem to be the main purpose of this film as much as an delving into the mind of a person who’s about to have a big change in her life. Getting married and having kids is a big decision, and very much an irreversible one. In Floating!, we see how Katha confronts this in the company of her closest friends.