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Like It or Not! (Ob ihr wollt oder nicht!)

Like It or Not!
Scene from "Like It or Not" (photo © Elsani Film/3L Filmproduktion)

So far, it's been a good life for Laura. In her late 20s, she's always been the sunniest of four sisters, and the only one to lead a happy marriage. But now she has cancer. She's given up chemo. And she knows she can either spend her last weeks with her husband Peter and make him sick with care and worry – or spend them with her family and drive them crazy. While her father accepts Laura's decision, her mother quickly rounds up Laura's sisters Susa and Coco to convince her to continue her treatment. But it's Toni, the black sheep of the family, whom Laura wants most badly next to her. And Toni comes, as rebellious as ever, ready to take her entire family head-on.

Laura watches as her visibly uncomfortable sisters – together again for the first time in six years – grapple with their emotions. Susa, the eldest, plays the successful career woman who's got everything under control and is single-handedly planning to save Laura with a new experimental treatment. Coco is the classical wife and mother, who's trying to emulate her own "perfect" mother but is cracking under the pressure. And Toni continues to provoke, frittering away her life in one-night stands and poisoning her heart with recriminations toward her sisters and painful, unsolved issues with her mother. A houseful of emotions that flare up in sudden flashes of scorn or erupt into boisterous laughter, that open up many long-locked doors and let fresh air into lives that have lost their bearings.


Ben Verbong studied at the Amsterdam Film and TV Academy from 1970-1974. His films include: DER SKORPION (1984), LILY WAS HERE (1989), HOUSE CALL (1996), SCHOCK - EINE FRAU IN ANGST (1998), KINDER DER GEWALT (1999), LIEBER, BOESER WEIHNACHTSMANN (1999), THE SLURB (DAS SAMS, 2001), HANNA - WO BIST DU? (2001), MY MAGICAL FRIEND SAMS (SAMS IN GEFAHR, 2003), MR. WOOF (HERR BELLO, 2007), LIKE IT OR NOT! (OB IHR WOLLT ODER NICHT!, 2008), and THE TRAPP FAMILY – A LIFE OF MUSIC (2015).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Ben Verbong
Screenplay Katja Kittendorf, Karin Howard
Cinematography Theo Bierkens
Menno Boerema
Konstantin Wecker
Benedikt Herforth
Cast Katharina Marie Schubert, Julia Maria Koehler, Senta Berger, Christiane Paul, Anna Boeger, Jan Decleir, Jan-Gregor Kremp, Mark Waschke
Producers Anita Elsani, Ulf Israel
Co-Producers Denis Wigman, Bastie Griese, Werner Wirsing, Frank Pardaan
Production Companies Elsani Film/Cologne, 3L Filmproduktion/Dortmund, in co-production with 3L Filmverleih/Dortmund, MMC Independent/Cologne, CTM Films/Hilversum, Borderline Pictures/Amsterdam
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Netherland Film Fund
German Distributor 3L Filmverleih/Dortmund

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