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© Anne Bolick

Conservative undertaker Karsten is living a perfectly structured life and is preparing for a busy holiday week around Christmas, when a whole slew of catastrophes comes crashing down on his head: His budgie dies, his car is falling apart, his estranged wife wants to finalize their divorce, his overly well-spirited assistant tries to remodel his funeral parlor into a brighter and happier place, and to top it all off his parents announce in the middle of Christmas dinner that they want to commit suicide together – in five days. Karsten can't stand losing either his instrument-maker father, who is suffering from severe Parkinson's disease, nor his perfectly healthy mother, a former chemist. So he does everything in his power to prevent their plans, recruiting friends, family, police, Argentinian Bandoneon players and even his ex-wife's lawyer. But the generational conflict about the right to determine your own death opens up a lot of old family wounds – and when Karsten's own health rapidly turns bad all of a sudden, it's more unclear than ever who needs saving first.
Genre Drama, Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2020
Director Christian Werner
Screenplay Daniel Bickermann, Christian Werner
Cinematography Anne Bolick
Cast Fabian Hinrichs, Franziska Walser, Michael Wittenborn, Maresi Riegner, Julia Richter
Producer Sebastian Sawetzki
Production Company Venice Pictures, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Runtime 94 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2020
Awards Best Newcomer Actress (Maresi Riegner) 2020
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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Venice Pictures