A sharp-tongued family comedy with a lot of verve and even more truth.
Carla Michelsen has had enough. Each of her three children will get 250,000 euros if they sign a contract she’s drawn up to disown them. Will they go for it? Philipp, the youngest, desperately needs the money, as he’s lost a fortune through speculation. Rita takes a while to decide, but eventually also accepts this sudden break. The only one who vehemently resists it is Doro, the middle child; she values the family unit. While the siblings can’t handle staying with their mother and prefer to stay in a hotel, Doro’s daughter, Joe, stays with her grandmother. The two get along well. When Joe confesses to being pregnant, however, Carla straightforwardly advises the granddaughter to have an abortion. Joe is horrified. In a rash move, she takes off with some of the money — with unforeseen consequences.
Meet the director
Born in Frankfurt in 1959, Rainer Kaufmann studied film directing at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). In 1993, he directed the award-winning TV movie DANN EBEN MIT GEWALT. His early motion pictures included TALK OF THE TOWN (1995), THE PHARMACIST (1997), and COLD IS THE BREATH OF EVENING (2000). His career in TV movies has left him with no shortage of awards, for example for MARIAS LETZTE REISE (2005) and BLAUBEERBLAU (2011). In 2017, he directed the final episode of the series BELLA BLOCK, a TV drama called ONE MAN’S HAPPINESS, and the start of a new crime series, SCHWARTZ & SCHWARTZ; the latter two were shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2018. In 2019 he shot two motion pictures: the comedy EINE GANZ HEISSE NUMMER 2 (2019) and LOST IN SEPARATION, the latter of which premiered at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2019.