Film, Drama

Time Out says

Gisela, a young married mother, is a supermarket cashier. When Georg, a lout she’s known for years, and his pal Paul invite her to a party, she impulsively decides to go along. Soon, without giving it much thought, she’s seeing Paul for regular sessions of enthusiastic and – at least from his perspective – emotionally non-committal sex, which not only sets tongues wagging but inspires jealousy in the sociopathic Georg… Stever’s admirably matter-of-fact account of the development of this decidedly unromantic triangle paints a persuasive portrait of the lives of lower-middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings in today’s Europe. Without resorting to melodramatic cliché or easy moral judgements, she subtly suggests that her characters are caught in a world circumscribed by feelings of powerlessness, passivity, conformism, frustration and boredom. The naturalistic performances ring as true as the low-key realism informing both the visuals and the narrative, at times lending the film an authenticity and integrity reminiscent of the Fassbinder of ‘Katzelmacher’ and ‘Wild Game’.



Release details

87 mins

Cast and crew

Isabelle Stever
Isabelle Stever
Anne Weinknecht
Carlo Ljubek
Stefan Rudolph
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