DORA ODER DIE SEXUELLEN NEUROSEN UNSERER ELTERN
Switzerland, Germany 2015
A mother who can no longer bear the pharmaceutical sedation of her 18-year old daughter courageously stops her medication. Now, we witness the sexual awakening of Dora, a learning disabled young women, and follow how this casts her parents and surroundings into flux. Whilst teenagers usually withdraw from their parents, Dora goes the other way: She confronts them and thus us candidly with her sexuality.
FREEDOM AND SEXUAL AUTONOMY
Looking at the family, I was intrigued by how mother Kristin – out of love – encourages her learning disabled daughter’s autonomy. She wishes for her daughter to participate in life with self-determination, thus equal. But the fact that she embraces her autonomy with her whole body and a more than dubious lover comes unexpected to her parents. Without knowing, Dora is demanding her fundamental rights: the right to personal freedom and the right to marriage and family. Thus, she sends a whole family system into a tailspin. Initially Dora’s awakening harmonises with her parents’ ideals – she is active, full of curiosity and unconventional – but she soon grows unpredictable and becomes a danger to herself. As her sexuality manifests itself, so do the dangers surrounding Dora and her parents’ concerns grow: now, each of Dora’s actions cause a parental response of judgment, protection or control. Whilst her parents feel obliged to intervene, the authorities encourage Dora’s growing independence.
(Incidentally, in 2013, a new Swiss legislation came into effect: patronization and legal finger-wagging have made way for the right to determine your own future. In effect authorities are now legally required to offer tailor-made solutions for each person with disabilities. This development can be observed in many other European countries and their legislations.)
The story focuses on the shifting relationship between mother and daughter as the mother comes to terms with letting go of her own childbearing years and her little girl at the same time.
Their mother-daughter conflict escalates when Dora breaks out of their symbiosis and leads ...
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Stina Werenfels
Written by : Stina Werenfels, Boris Treyer
Produced by : Nicole Gerhards, Samir
Director of Photography : Lukas Strebel
Editor : Jann Anderegg
Production Design : Beatrice Schultz
Costume Design : Gitti Fuchs
Composer : Peter Scherer
Sound Design : Peter Bräker
Main Cast : Jenny Schily (Kristin), Urs Jucker (Felix), Lars Eidinger (Peter), Victoria Schulz (Dora)
Animation : Daniel Brenner
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2015