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When Bertha dies, her granddaughter Iris inherits her house and finds herself back in the home where she and her cousin used to play dressing-up in the summer holidays. She wanders through the rooms and garden, a timeless world where red currants turn white overnight, where a tree blossoms twice, villages vanish and women shake sparks out of their fingers. But the garden is now wild and overgrown. After she fell out of the apple tree, Bertha became absent-minded, then forgetful. Eventually, she didn’t even recognize her own three daughters. Iris stays in the house on her own for a week. She cannot decide whether she wants to keep it. She swims in a black lake, receives a visitor, kisses an old friend’s brother and paints a wall.

While she wanders from room to room, she gropes her way through memories and things she had forgotten: What did her grandfather really do before he went to war? Which men were Bertha’s daughters in love with? Who ate his apple with the seeds? Finally, Iris recalls the night her cousin Rosmarie had the terrible accident: What was Rosmarie doing on the conservatory roof? What did she want to tell Iris? Iris senses there are several ways to forget. And remembering is only one of them.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Vivian Naefe
Screenplay Rochus Hahn, Uschi Reich
Cinematography Martin Langer
Cast Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Thalia Neumann, Paula Beer, Zoe Moore, Hildegard Schmahl, Marie Bäumer, Meret Becker
Producer Uschi Reich
Co-Producer Wilfried Ackermann
Production Company Bavaria Filmverleih- & Produktion/Munich, in co-production with Dr. Wilfried Ackermann Filmproduktion/Leipzig
Runtime 120 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
With backing from MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, HessenInvestFilm
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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