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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2013

30-year-old Sascha has the worst day of his life: his girlfriend Lina announces she’s pregnant, in shock he wrecks his taxi and ends up in the hospital. His pal Klaus says it’s all a stroke of fate, not that Sascha believes it: he feels misunderstood, rejected and punished by life.

Sascha shares a hospital room with Ella, a feisty 87-year-old, whose talkativeness gets on his nerves. The fact that she is being forced to undergo an unnecessary operation fires Sascha’s rage and, in an adventurous action, he frees her from the doctors’ clutches and brings her back to his place.

Suddenly caught up in the chaos of Sascha’s life, Ella witnesses Lina breaking up with him because, in her eyes, he is not ready for a relationship, to say nothing of being a father. Sascha is so wrecked, Ella decides to stay for a while.

As this odd couple gets to know one another, Ella realizes Sascha has locked himself in through fear of being hurt. Ella, in contrast, although she has experienced many bad things in her 87 years, has the ability to see with her heart and believe in goodness. They complement one another and, despite their limitations and differences, become friends.

Ella lets Sascha into her deepest secret: she has a great, genuine, unfulfilled love: Jason, a US soldier. After the war ended she never saw him again. Sascha and Klaus decide to drive her to France to look for him. An adventurous journey ensues, both guys almost becoming rivals for her friendship! When it comes to an argument, Ella decides to leave them!

They meet up again where Jason is supposed to live. There, they find Ella standing in front of the grave of the man she had loved all her life, bidding farewell. It is an encounter that changes everything.

On the journey back, Ella dies. But part of her remains: Sascha is no longer afraid. He resolves to change his life and drives to Lina to ask her something important.

Genre Romantic Comedy, Road Movie
Category Feature
Director Markus Goller
Screenplay Dirk Ahner
Cinematography Ueli Steiger
Cast Matthias Schweighöfer, Ruth Maria Kubitschek, August Diehl, Anna Bederke
Producers Matthias Schweighöfer, Marco Beckmann, Dan Maag
Production Company PANTALEON Entertainment
Shooting Dates September-November 2012
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH

PANTALEON Entertainment
Dan Maag