Zum Tod meiner Mutter

A film by Jessica Krummacher. In German with English subtitles.

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When the film beg­ins, it is all over. “We know it’s ter­mi­nal, and that’s all”, says Juliane of her mother Kerstin, who is in gre­at pain and about to die aged just 64. Although the young doc­tor she con­sults ack­now­led­ges on a per­so­nal level that ever­yo­ne has the right to mana­ge their own death, he none­thel­ess reminds her that eutha­na­sia is still ille­gal in Germany. This is even more the case at the Catholic hospi­ce whe­re Kerstin is stay­ing. As rela­ti­ves come to say good­bye to her mother and the emo­ti­ons of memo­ries ming­le with the anti­ci­pa­ti­on of grief, Juliane finds hers­elf having to do batt­le with time – unben­ding, apa­the­tic and mono­chro­me – and this is super­b­ly reflec­ted in the con­vul­si­ons of the hand­held came­ra in wide shots.
Based on per­so­nal expe­ri­ence, Jessica Krummacher’s second fea­ture film vivid­ly rela­tes the pain­ful sto­ry of losing a parent. There is no vio­lence or mor­bi­di­ty, rather the direc­tor descri­bes the most important of events via the smal­lest, most fra­gi­le of details – the exchan­ging of words, texts and ten­der ges­tu­res that remain with us and get under our skin.


DE 2022, 135 Min., OmenglU,
Buch & Regie: Jessica Krummacher
Kamera: Gerald Kerkletz,
Schnitt: Anne Fabini,
mit: Birte Schnöink, Elsie de Brauw, Christian Löber, Gina Haller, Nicole Johannhanwahr, Thomas Wehling, Susanne Bredehöft u. a.

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