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Scene from WAY HOME (photo © S. Fallucchi/HFF Potsdam)

Completely devastated, Hannelore takes off with her neighbor to the Baltic Sea, leaving her estranged husband at home. Dement and non self-sufficient, he is completely dependent on her care. But this dependence is exactly what is smothering them both.

Hannelore’s son Heiko finds his father at home all alone. Without knowing where his mother is, he takes on responsibility for his father, for the first time in his life.

Hannelore’s neighbor quickly notices that something is wrong. He opens up to her a little and lets her stay at his holiday home. Hannelore just cannot seem to convince herself to return home and her son isn’t making things any easier for her. When Günther tries to help her, he unintentionally pushes her closer to his own abyss. In the end, he has no other choice than to go back home with her and help her stand up to Heiko.

Hannelore dares a new beginning.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Andreas Kannengießer
Screenplay Nico Woche
Cinematography Stephan Fallucchi
Mirja Gerle, Andreas Kannengießer
Martin Spange
Adnán Hernández Salazar, Barbara Falkner
Cast Hermann Beyer, Dieter Mann, Renate Krößner, Eugen Krößner
Producer Anna Wendt
Production Company Anna Wendt Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Runtime 94 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Festival Max Ophühls Prize Saarbrücken 2011 (In Competition); Sao Paulo 2011 (New Directors Competition), Torino 2011, Plus Cameraimage 2011 (Cinematographers' Debuts Competition)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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