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A new city, a new house – it could be a happy moment in a family's life. Nina, a doctor, has taken a few days of vacation. House-husband Frieder is lay­ing tile. Their daughter Charlotte plays in her new room. But Nina feels alienated in the half-empty rooms and decides to drive away – without letting her family know. She visits her brother in their parents' vacation home, moves aimlessly through a surreal mountain landscape, and finds herself with an aging tennis star in a sports hotel, a concrete UFO from another era. Nina's attempt to break out does not lead to an existential revolt, but to a fleeting encounter between two people who no longer feel at home in their worlds. Like a somnambulist, she returns, step by step, to her family. Ulrich Köhler's second feature film is a story about middle-class lack of orientation. It continues the theme of his debut, Bungalow: Isabelle Menke's Nina is like a big sister of the late-adolescent deserter Paul, who goes AWOL in passive resistance. But what was a game with few consequences for Paul has greater effects for Nina's generation. Her dilemma unfolds in radical openness, with no psychologizing explanations. Cameraman Patrick Orth's long, float­ing images draw us into a disturbing but frightening­ly familiar world.

Production: ö Filmproduktion Löprich und Schlösser; ZDF (Das kleine Fernsehspiel)

Screenplay: Ulrich Köhler

Cinematographer: Patrick Orth

Editor: Kathrine Granlund

Cast: Isabelle Menke, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Amber Bongard, Trystan Wyn Pütter, Elisa Seydel, Ilie Năstase

Format, screen ratio: 35mm, 1:1.85, Color

Running time: 88 minutes, 24 frames/sec.

Language: German

Funded by:

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