SynopsisIn a dark living room, a young woman sinks into the sofa. By saying: "I wish I was a carpet, then I would never have to get up“ she bids farewell to her domestic duties and leaves her two children Flippa and Furia. It is trough the diary of the now teenage Flippa that we learn of this incident. In Martha Mechow’s experimental debut film, the then 23 year old paints pictures with words that rhyme, soliloquize, or improvise on the event. Crossed in love Flippa, writes to her mother inbetween colourful drawings. Calls it 'the heterosexual knot', that unites them in their misfortune and which led the big sister to join the crooked mother-child-resort 'Barranconi'. A place, where pregnant bellies become Trojan Horses and two young men the undoing of all. DIE ÄNGSTLICHE VERKEHRSTEILNEHMERIN tells, as detailed as can be in 720×576 pixels, of the pain of a protagonist who loves what love can not save.
'DIE ÄNGSTLICHE VERKEHRSTEILNEHMERIN is exceptional: a film that is a voyage of discovery both intellectually and formally.' Jury V'23]