Paul Winkelmann, a furniture retailer in his mid-fifties, still lives with his mother, who cooks his dinner, does his laundry and more or less runs his life. But then 'Pussi', as she calls him, meets psychologist Margarete Tietze and finally begins to rebel . . .
As Loriot explained: "What I am interested in most of all are people with communication problems. Everything that I consider comical results from crumbled communication, from people talking at cross-purposes." And naturally, the mummy’s boy is essentially unable to cope with daily life, battling with the usual "perfidiousness of everyday objects" and putting his foot in it time after time . . . ÖDIPUSSI was the most successful German film of 1988.
Vaclav Demling, www.goethe.de