Family Life

Quarrelling noises echo through a serene country landscape. Alfred is taking his rage out on loose items in the cowshed, throwing things around. Biggi knows this is a good time to leave. Their daughter Denise keeps cutting herself just to feel alive. Saskia has just come back from a foster home.

Life on a German farm is meagre and distressed. The family members deal with their emotions by singing their favourite tunes, or through their dogs. ”Why am I even here?” asks Denise’s boyfriend who comes to visit her.

Rosa Hannah Ziegler depicts the difficulties of family life from a close distance, without judging. The perceptive characters are well aware of their own problems but unable or powerless to see a bright future ahead. The shabby and dust-covered farm provides the perfect setting for a situation in dire need for change.

Family Life poses difficult yet identifiable questions about life. The parents’ tough childhoods reflect on the present day and – despite hopes and dreams – have succeeded to their children. Biggi, the mother, wants her children to have a new and better life, instead of the kind that she had.

Dimmu Okulov (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)

Language: German
Subtitles: English

  • Name in Original Language: Familienleben
  • Director: Rosa Hannah Ziegler
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 97 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Matteo Cocco
  • Editing: Rosa Hannah Ziegler, Gerhard Ziegler
  • Music: August A. Braatz
  • Production: Roswitha Ziegler


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