Film Info: Frueher oder spaeter

Sooner or Later (Frueher oder spaeter)

Sooner or Later
Scene from "Sooner or Later" (photo © Polyphon Film- und Fernsehgesellschaft mbH)

Nora is fourteen and lives with her parents, Uwe and Anette, in a quiet Berlin suburb. While Uwe wrestles with his business partner Walter to save his livelihood, Anette returns to her studies and begins an affair with fellow student Daniel. The introverted Nora retreats into romantic day-dreams. When Anette’s former lover Thomas and his family move in next door, the family comes under yet more pressure. Nora starts projecting her own desires onto the charming neighbor. Uwe now feels he and the family-oriented life he has created are threatened. A dinner party leads to the two men heavily falling out. But that is just the start of an escalation that shatters the crumbling foundations of the alleged suburban idyll to their limit.


Ulrike von Ribbeck was born in 1975 in Minden. She studied Visual Communication at the Hamburg Academy of Arts and worked as an assistant director for several film productions. She has been a student at the German Film & Television Academy Berlin (dffb) since 1999. Her films include: the shorts Laurentia (1999), Little Dreams (Kleine Traeume, 2000), Little Star (2001), At the Lake (Am See, 2002) which screened in the Cinéfondation sidebar in Cannes in 2003, Charlotte (2004) which screened in Perspectives German Cinema in Berlin and Directors\' Fortnight in Cannes, and her feature debut Sooner or Later (Frueher oder spaeter, 2007) which she developed during the Atélier du Cinéfondation in Cannes 2005.
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Ulrike von Ribbeck
Screenplay Katharina Held, Ulrike von Ribbeck
Cinematography Sonja Rom
Natali Barrey
La Grande Illusion, Lawrence, Au Revior Simone
Ina Timmerberg
Cast Lola Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Beata Lehmann, Harald Schrott, Fabian Hinrichs, Marie-Lou Sellem, Thorsten Merten, Katharina Heyer
Producers Beatrice Kramm, Steffi Ackermann
Production Company Polyphon Film- und Fernsehgesellschaft/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Mainz, ARTE
Length 91 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Locarno 2007 (In Competition), Berlin 2008 (German Cinema)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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