Dancing With Bellies

A documentary by Carolin Genreith
runtime: 74 min

Getting old is nasty. Getting old makes you hot and cold. Getting old gives you wrinkles and sagging breasts. When a woman’s menopause begins, she stops looking in the mirror; libido and beauty will soon become things of the past. All you can do is accept the course of time, hide your extra padding under a big sweater and prepare for your new role as a granny-to-be. At least that’s what 28-year-old director Carolin Genreith is absolutely convinced of. She is all the more shocked when, in the middle of her quarter-life crisis, she returns to her home in the rural Northern Eifel region and discovers her mother's new hobby: belly dancing! Once a week, her mother and her friends unshamefully strip off their clothes, put on colourful costumes and get wild. They move their hips in circles, shake their breasts und roll their bellies – they’re even overflowing with self-confidence! All that at an age when women usually buy Nordic walking poles and girdles. 

From a neurotic perspective of her own generation, director Carolin Genreith takes a closer look at her mother’s life as well as that of two of her friends and gains insight into three different ways of living and aging.

“Dancing with Bellies” is a story about the attempt to escape when you’re stuck in a rut. It’s about the difficulties during menopause and about the art of chasing away the fear of aging with a skilled shake of the hip – at least for a while...

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Script and Direction: Carolin Genreith
Camera: Philipp Baben der Erde
Sound: Andreas Prescher
Editor: Stefanie Kosik
Commissioning Editor: Jutta Krug, WDR
Enno Hungerland, WDR

On behalf of WDR
Funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW


Distribution Germany: Zorro Film

Berlinale 2013, Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen



Audience Award Ludwigshafen 2013