The façade of German bourgeoisie is pulled back with every ironic line of the screenplay.
When Helga crashes through the floor of her living room, she finally realizes that she’s stuck. Ever since her husband left her for another woman two years ago, she hasn’t been able to overcome her anger. She also feels abandoned by her friends and her daughter. When her cleaning lady goes on vacation and sends Ryszard, a Polish workman, to fill in, everything changes. Ryszard goes from being the object of Helga’s resentment to being her confidant. Although they don’t speak the same language, Helga feels understood and can finally let go. In the shelter of her home, the two grow closer. But when Helga’s family and friends hear of her secret, Helga finds it difficult to admit to them her feelings for Ryszard, who in no way meets the common standard of masculinity in her circles. As a result, she risks losing her newfound happiness.
You can buy tickets for the screening at the associated cinema ASTOR Filmlounge im ARRI here.
Meet the director
Born in Cologne in 1979, Mareille Klein was a journalist in Berlin from 2001 to 2004, prior to studying film directing at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). In 2010, her documentary AUF TEUFEL KOMM RAUS celebrated its international premiere in Toronto. In 2012, her first fictional short film GRUPPENFOTO received the Max Ophüls Preis for best short film. Her first feature film, DINKY SINKY, premiered at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2016, where it received the German Cinema New Talent Award for best screenplay and the FIPRESCI Prize of the International Film Critics’ Association. MONDAY UM ZEHN is her second feature film.