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Corinna Harfouch delivers a magnetic performance in this intimate and multifaceted examination of regret, family relations and the power of other people’s approval.

Dir Jan-Ole Gerster
Prod Marcos Kantis
Scr Blaz Kutin
With Tom Schilling, Corinna Harfouch, Volkmar Kleinert
Sales Beta Cinema GmbH
With English subtitles

Lara’s (Corinna Harfouch) 60th birthday coincides with her son Viktor´s highly anticipated piano concert, during which he will perform his first composition. Throughout the day, we learn that Lara gave up her own dream of becoming a pianist long ago, choosing instead to nurture her son’s musical talent with a mix of obsession and humiliation. Today, she faces his success with pride, jealousy and resentment. Retired from a soul-destroying office job, she has become a bitter and cynical woman, whose own perfectionism has gradually isolated her from people, even her son. Jan-Ole Gerster’s (Oh Boy) intimate portrait of a complex mother-son relationship balances melancholy and humour as it contemplates how the approval of others affects us, along with the consequences of it being given or withheld.

Juliane Grieb

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Filmmaker’s attendance made possible thanks to the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany London.

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