2016, Germany, 103’, Color, German
Director: Anne Zohra Berrached
Cast: Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf
2016 Berlin Film Festival Competition Film
How can one decide whether a life worth living?
The incredible and revealing second feature from Anne Zohra Berrached addresses the “pain” of being a mother and one of the most difficult decisions that a woman may have to make in her life in the most naturalistic and humanitarian sense.
Astrid’s life is almost perfect; she is a successful and famous woman with a loving relationship and an adorable little daughter. She is a definite professional in show business. Stage lights, applauds… Under the spotlight everything seems perfectly fine. And now she is six months pregnant. She will discover by practice how crucial each day and hour after this “24 weeks” when she has learnt the devastating fact about her baby. As their relationship starts to suffer, Astrid and Markus face added pressure from the fact that, as a celebrity, her pregnancy is considered “public property”. Astrid and her husband have little to time to make a life altering decision. This decision is also going to alter her future life enormously. Ultimately only she who is bearing the child can take this weighty decision.