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Sterben

The crisis in STERBEN is always present. In three chapters, each focusing on a different family memory, Glasner depicts the story of decay with oscillating radicalism.

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Lissy is literally sitting in shit. She is terminally ill and has to take care of her husband Gerd who has Parkinson’s. The two of them manage to drive to go shopping, because Lissy can navigate without tremors and Gerd can see. But their life has become a breakneck, tough affair with an imminent end. Lissy actually views this quite soberly.

Director and screenwriter Matthias Glasner (Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at this year’s Berlinale) has directed a complex, emotionally devastating, long (183 minutes) drama with its share of funny moments. Glasner divides his very personal film about farewells in five chapters, first letting us experience the infirmity of old age from Lissy's perspective. The colorless, grumpy Lissy, who only occasionally finds a little joy in music, is played in a magnificently unwieldy manner by Corinna Harfouch. Then the story goes over to her son Tom, who just started rehearsing the requiem “Sterben“. In addition to the orchestra, Tom (Lars Eidinger) tries to conduct his narcissistic composer friend Bernard, who is constantly abusive or doubtful. Moreover, he “kinda“ had a baby. His ex Liv became pregnant by a man who she doesn’t trust to parent. Tom dutifully steps in. He doesn’t know why himself. This is followed by an excursion into Ellen's (Lilith Stangenberg) world, Tom's sister, who is over-the-top, brilliant, and fragilely balancing on the brink of collapse.

All in all, it’s a completely normal dysfunctional family par excellence. The big feeling that remains is the specifically German manner, or even West German, which Glasner's production exudes. Are the gut punches, which, especially in a brutal dialogue between mother and son, the specific thing about “our” family misfortune - a lack of ability to show mercy and others?

Susanne Kim (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

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Deutschland 2024, 180 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Matthias Glasner
Author: Matthias Glasner
DOP: Jakub Bejnarowicz
Montage: Heike Gnida
Music: Lorenz Dangel
Distributor: Wild Bunch
Cast: Lars Eidinger, Corinna Harfouch, Saskia Rosendahl, Ronald Zehrfeld, Lilith Stangenberg, Anna Bederke, Robert Gwisdek
Release: 25.04.2024

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Sterben

Deutschland 2024 | Drama | R: Matthias Glasner

The crisis in STERBEN is always present. In three chapters, each focusing on a different family memory, Glasner depicts the story of decay with oscillating radicalism.

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Friedrichshain

Tilsiter Lichtspiele

Friday 31.05.

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Sunday 02.06.

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Tuesday 04.06.

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Wednesday 05.06.

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Freiluftkino Hasenheide

Wednesday 05.06.

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