2007. Germany/Switzerland/Belgium. 120 min.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2007. Germany/Switzerland/Belgium. Directed by Maria Speth. With Sandra Hüller, Luisa Sappelt, Coleman Orlando Swinton, Susanne Lothar. “You were never a mother to me,” Rita accuses her mother Isabella. But how is the young woman dealing with her own children? When she isn’t leaving them with the hated Isabella, Rita does attempt to lead a kind of family life with Marc, a U.S. soldier stationed in Germany. Speth’s film has as much a mind of its own as its heroine; it doesn’t dwell on the question of why a mother continues to bring new children into the world when she doesn’t want to take responsibility for them. Rather, what is sketched is the biography of a young woman who insists on her right to refusal, and who prefers to meander through life free as a bird. The film makes it clear that we don’t always have to understand a person in order to get closer to them. (Text adapted from 2007 Berlinale program.) In German; English subtitles. 120 min.