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Hans-Christian Schmid

ORIGINAL TITLE

WAS BLEIBT

2012 || Germany || Feature

WORLD SALES

The Match Factory (Cologne)

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BERLIN 2012

SYNOPSIS

Marko is in his mid-thirties, has just published his first book and has been living in Berlin since his university days – far enough away from his parents Gitte and Günter with their bourgeois lifestyle that he could never quite get used to. He visits them once or twice a year, mainly to give them a chance to spend a few days with their grandson.

His hopes of spending a quiet weekend with his family fall short when Gitte, who has been mentally unstable since Marko was a child, after a homeopathic treatment feels so healthy for the first time in a long time that she stops taking her medication. She asks to be treated from now on as a full member of this family and, now that her husband Günther is finally selling his publishing company, is looking forward to their retirement days together.

Gitte’s announcement triggers reserved reactions. Fearing for his mother’s health, Marko’s younger brother Jakob insists she continue her medication treatment, whilst Gitte’s unexpected recovery evidently seems to cross Günther’s retirement plans. Marko is the only one who stands behind Gitte’s decision, seeing in it a chance for her and the family.

When Jakob can no longer hide his financial troubles due to setting up his doctor’s practice and building a house, Marko is the only one who respects her wishes and doesn’t hide this bitter failure away from her and, in so doing, tips his family’s seemingly well-established structure out of balance…

A moving family drama with an impressive acting ensemble from the director of STORM, REQUIEM and DISTANT LIGHTS.

CAST

Lars Eidinger
Corinna Harfouch
Sebastian Zimmler
Ernst Stötzner