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This Very Moment (Milchwald)

This Very Moment
Scene from "This Very Moment (photo ©

Sylvia, picks up her step-children Lea and Constantine on their way home from school. She drives with them to nearby Poland to go shopping – as she will claim later. As so often, mounting tension and quarreling ensue in the car. Sylvia suddenly stops the car in the middle of a country road, angrily ordering the children to get out. Furious, she continues driving, returning only some time later to the spot where she left the children behind. But Lea and Constantine seem to have disappeared into thin air. After a brief search, Sylvia, following a sudden inclination, returns home. When she sees Joseph, the children’s father, however, she mentions nothing of their disappearance. In the darkness of their cold marriage, Sylvia finds no words to speak of what she has done. She is afraid of losing Joseph’s love if she tells him the truth. The following days are marked by a sort of speechlessness, although Joseph is in anguish about his children and begins to search for them.

Meanwhile in Poland, Lea and Constantine meet a man by the name of Cuba who promises to help them. But Cuba soon proves himself to be very unreliable. Only after he sees the reward being offered for the children on TV is he determined to do everything to bring them home. He gets in touch with the father who immediately sets out with Sylvia for Poland. In the meantime, given the recent rash of adverse circumstances, the children have long lost their trust in everyone...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Christoph Hochhäusler
Screenplay Benjamin Heissenberg, Christoph Hochhäusler, Denijal Hasanovic
Cinematography Ali Olcay Gözkaya
Gisela Zick
Benedikt Schiefer
Maximilian Lange
Cast Judith Engel, Horst-Guenter Marx, Sophie Charlotte Conrad, Leonard Bruckmann
Producers Clarens Grollmann, Mario Stefan
Production Company, in co-production with Filmcontract/Warsaw, Cine Image, Munich, SCHMIDTz KATZE FILMKOLLEKTIV/Berlin & Halle, Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne
Runtime 87 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2003 (Forum), Montreal 2003 (in competition), Vancouver 2003, Chicago 2003, Mannheim 2003, Slamdance 2005
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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