Director: Neele Leana Vollmar

98 minutes| Germany| 2008| Subtitled| Colour| 35mm

In this offbeat comic drama set in the 1960s, Irene Streslow (Katharina Schubert) is an eccentric mass of contradictions. Having fled East Berlin with her family for a better life in the West, Irene pines for the security of East Germany. Convinced that she’ll die young and vying for the title of world’s worst driver, she is hardly the ideal role model for daughters Ute (Nina Monka) and Wasa (Leonie Brill). Taking matters into their own hands, the sisters devise a strategy to keep mum alive and happy by persuading her to divorce her philandering husband. What the well-intentioned girls don’t quite grasp is the full extent of their mother’s paranoia about an imminent world war and other disasters.

Director Neele Leana Vollmar’s diverting second feature presents a very different take on post-war life in West Germany and looks at parental mental illness from the children’s point of view.

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