From time to time Marko makes the journey from Berlin to a provincial town in southern Germany where his parents live in a large house with a swimming pool and a big garden. His father, a once successful publisher, is now retired and working on a book entitled ‘Motifs and Narrative Strategies of the Assyrians and the Sumerians’. He is about to embark on a research trip to the Middle East. Marko’s mother, who is suffering from depression, is to stay at home. Thankfully there’s another son, Jakob. Dad financed his dental practice. Although Jakob doesn’t have many patients and is largely saddled with debts, he will at least be able to keep an eye on Mum while Dad’s away.
And so they come together for one of their family weekends. Mum begins by announcing that she’s stopped taking her pills. A short while later she disappears. Everyone panics; they scour the neighbourhood and call the police. But, after a while, they begin to face up to a life without Mum.
An astute and sensitive family portrait that nonetheless retains a certain critical distance as it describes a web of mistrust, deceit and betrayal. A study of our fear of the truth – and about the vestiges of an ostensibly perfect family unit. –Berlinale
Hans-Christian Schmid was born 1965 in the Bavarian city of Altötting, a famous place of pilgrimage. Nevertheless, Schmid was not brought up in a ultra-catholic fashion as some of his films might suggest. Instead, he grew up in a liberal home, attended a high school that was regarded politically left, went to demonstrations for peace instead of Sunday service, and was an active member of the Green party.
From 1985 to 1992, Schmid studied documentary film making at Munich’s Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (HFF), where he filmed his debut movie Sekt oder Selters (1989) about people addicted to slot machines as well as two more short films. In his graduation film Die Mechanik des Wunders (1992), he dealt with the organized religiousness of his home town for the first time. After graduating from HFF, Schmid got a scholarship from Drehbuchwerkstatt München to study screenplay writing at University of Southern California in Los Angeles.— filmportal.de
Que a família não é mais refúgio de outrora, que agora é clichê em tantos filmes e linguagens, principalmente na Dinamarca, onde já se filmou a FESTA DE FAMÍLIA e, depois, sua MELANCOLIA, sabemos, não é segredo. Então na Alemanha, onde se filma esse FIM DE SEMANA EM CASA e novamente seus dilemas e algozes, naturalmente a linha comum é a falta de inspiração ou soluções. Eis, enfim, outra convenção do drama familiar.
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