Anna isn't happy about Paul's visit. She is busy preparing her son Robert, also aged 16, for his career as a professional pianist. Robert wants to study at the local conservatory and has to practice hard for the entrance examination. Paul, afraid of being sent home again, offers to renovate the dilapidated swimming pool in the garden. Anna can't turn this offer down and lets Paul stay.
Stefan, who awkwardly tries to look after Paul, has to leave unexpectedly on a business trip. This leaves Anna with her pubescent son Robert, erratic Paul and mollycoddled dog Schumann. When she realises that Paul has no trouble keeping himself busy, her initial rejection slowly turns into affection. Encouraged by Anna's growing sympathy, Paul increasingly seeks her company.
As Robert's examination draws nearer, tension between son and mother grows. Anna, being a former professional pianist herself, doesn't want to accept the fast that her highly talented son has outgrown her. She doesn't realise that it's time to let go. She uses Paul as a pawn in her conflict with her son. She gets Paul on her side and takes advantage of his emotional weakness without considering the consequences.
Robert suspiciously observes this and retreats. On the day of the examination, the situation escalates. Robert boycotts the exam and accidentally observes Anna going too far in her game with Paul. For Paul there is now only one future: the one with Anna.
However, Anna realises that she has lost control of her life. Once again, her son Robert has to suffer from her pent-up exasperation.
When Stefan returns from his business trip, Anna tries everything to appease the situation and to restore the speciousness of harmony. She rigidly rejects Paul. Painfully, Paul realises that there is no place for him in this family. He leaves, but not before taking revenge.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Matthias Luthardt
Written by: Meike Hauck, Matthias Luthardt
Produced by: Niklas Bäumer, Anke Hartwig
Cinematography: Christian Marohl
Editing: Florian Miosge
Cast: Sebastian Urzendowsky (Paul), Marion Mitterhammer (Anna), Clemens Berg (Robert), Falk Rockstroh (Stefan)
Nominations and Awards
- European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2006