At work, Astrid is admired by her fans as a famous cabaret artist and privately a second child is on the road to complete her family happiness. But her world is turned upside down overnight...
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At work, Astrid is admired by her fans as a famous cabaret artist and privately a second child is on the road to complete her family happiness. But her world is turned upside down overnight when she learns that her unborn child has a serious heart defect and will be born with Down syndrome. Together with her husband Markus, she now has to make the decision whether she will opt for a late abortion in the sixth month or give birth to the mentally and physically disabled child. The otherwise strong woman is torn and poses agonizing questions: "May I judge the life and death of my child?" Long discussions within the family and with her mother Beate follow. In the end there is a decision - but it is not one with which Astrid and Markus are completely at peace, either way not.Written by
This is director Anne Zohra Berrached's graduation film. She studied directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. See more »
James Woodall wrote: "Julia Jentsch, another on-screen and on-stage favourite in Germany, is a celebrity stand-up comedian who finds out, some 20 weeks in, that her second child will have Down's syndrome and holes in his heart. Bluntly, to abort or not to abort is the dilemma at the film's heart — and this might touch, though not overtly, on historical memory of Nazi policy towards the handicapped. That is not what the film is about, but, giving nothing away, it grips like nothing else I've seen in German cinema in the past decade. Tough, searing stuff indeed." ('What is a serious film festival doing opening with Hail, Caesar!', The Spectator, 20/2/16).
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