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Losing Balance (Draussen am See)

Losing Balance
Scene from "Losing Balance" (photo © mem-film)

Despite a dark secret, 14-year-old Jessika fights to keep her broken family together. While each family member is caught up in their own drama, Jessika realizes that only a radical step can save her from falling apart.

When Jessika's father loses his job, their family life becomes an impossible struggle. While her parents try to repair their already off-balance relationship and her sister becomes increasingly obsessed with boys, Jessika is left to her own devices. The lack of communication between the parents and their incapability to manage their off-kilter situation culminates in a horrifying event that Jessika is forced to witness. In the face of her parents’ delusional denial, Jessika begins to fall into a deep self-destructive depression. To save herself from her family's dark abyss, and despite her parents’ continuous attempts to hold her back, Jessika decides to take her future into her own hands and takes a very courageous step....
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Felix Fuchssteiner
Screenplay Felix Fuchssteiner, Katharina Schöde
Cinematography Matthias Schellenberg, Ralf H. Schlotter
Nicole Kortlueke
Philipp F. Kölmel
Barbara Falkner, Sabrina Barteleit
Cast Elisa Schlott, Michael Lott, Petra Kleinert, Sina Tkotsch
Producer Katharina Schöde
Production Company mem-film/Berlin
Runtime 105 min
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2009, Montreal 2009, Cambridge 2009, Schlingel Chemnitz 2009, Braunschweig 2009, Santa Barbara 2010, CPH:PIX Copenhagen 2010
Awards Young German Cinema Award 2009 for Best Production & Best Actress, Best First Feature & Award of the Student Jury Biberach 2009
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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