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Barbara Sukowa, Johanna Wokalek (photo © Avista Film/Walter Wehner)

Lene Thurner is standing on a train platform in Munich. She has to decide: back to Berlin where she lives, or toward the south, where at the foot of the Alps her family lives on the lonely farm “Hierankl”.

Lene hasn’t seen her family for years. She moved to Berlin when she was 17 after a nasty fight with her mother, Rosemarie. Now, she finally feels strong enough to return to Hierankl and face Rosemarie. Her father’s 60th birthday is a welcome reason to return, and she’ll also finally get to see her beloved brother Paul once again. She takes the train heading south.

On the same day, another surprise visitor arrives in Hierankl. Goetz Hildebrand, a friend of her parents from college days, shows up after 30 years. He knows Hierankl just as Lene remembers it and he knows how it was before Lene’s time: when he had a dramatic relationship with Rosemarie.

Lene immediately feels drawn to the stranger and she too becomes involved in a wild affair with him. Their relationship sets off a chain reaction that reaches its climax on her father Lukas’ birthday. Rosemarie invited Lukas’ mistress and officially introduces her to the guests. Rosemarie wants to bring some “warmness and order into this world”. Now Lene sees her chance to expose and clear up all the lies and secrets of Hierankl. She reveals that Rosemarie had an affair with Goetz after she married Lukas. Rosemarie’s reaction is brutal. In front of all the guests, Lene uncovers the secret of Hierankl...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Hans Steinbichler
Screenplay Hans Steinbichler
Cinematography Bella Halben
Christian Lonk
Antoni Lazarkiewicz
Johannes Sternagel, Doerthe Komnick
Cast Alexander Beyer, Frank Giering, Peter Simonischek, Josef Bierbichler, Barbara Sukowa, Johanna Wokalek
Producers Herbert Rimbach, Alena Rimbach
Production Company AVISTA Film/Munich, in co-production with BR, ARTE, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, SWR, Brainpool Pictures
Runtime 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Munich 2003, Berlin 2004 (German Cinema), Goa 2004
Awards German Film Promotion Award Munich 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Movienet Film/Munich

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