The hilarious and heartbreaking Party Girl shows us an old cabaret worker who decides to settle in and get married with one of her favorite customers. The movie is a biographical story of director Samuel Theis’ mother, Angélique Litzenburger, the party girl, who plays herself.
There are so many interesting themes and discussions in this Cannes’ Golden Camera winner. As an independent and free spirited woman, Angélique always hung around and relied on her many cabaret friends, mostly other women, along with one security guard. So obviously when she gets proposed to, it puts all her values and notions in the spotlight, whether she’d be better off married. Our main character also uses this opportunity to reunite with her many children, all grown up but living separate lives, since they all are from different fathers.
There’s a reason the chemistry between the actors is outstanding. They actually all are Angélique’s children and, despite their past with the semi-absent mother and not being professional actors, their on-camera relationship is extremely relaxed and normal. It really does feel like family gatherings, and not like work, which is incredible.
Party Girl also dabbles in sex, intimacy, freedom, passion, old habits dying hard. A very poignant film about family and female independence.