24 International Film Festival

7 - 13 OCT 2019 in Chemnitz

for Children and Young Audience

Archive | 1996-2018

Films presented by SCHLINGEL since 1996

Losing Balance

Draußen am See

14-year-old Jessika believes to be responsible for all of her family. The idyll of the cottage at the lake and a clear division of roles is very easy to handle. But suddenly things start to change. Her father loses his job. He does not know what to do with himself at home and starts spying on his daughters, Jessika and Caro. This is an intolerable situation for their mother. She finds herself a job and believes that her husband is busy with housework during the day. But far from it. He cannot cope with this situation and tyrannizes the family. The mother is frustrated and throws herself into spending sprees. But this causes things to get even worse. To keep up appearances of their ideal world, however, the family drives to the lake every weekend. Caro in particular cannot bear this situation anymore. She withdraws more and more from everything and rushes from one adventure to the next. Boys and sex dominate her life now. Jessika develops gentle feelings for Tim, a boy from the neighbourhood. But her father does not tolerate any man in his daughter’s life and scares him off. Finally, the parents commit an inconceivable act. Jessika is destroyed by these conditions, especially by a terrible secret. She begins to scratch herself. At first, no one notices this auto-aggressive behaviour. But as Caro discovers it, there is only one solution: The girls move out.


Country: D
Year: 2009
Running Time: 105 minutes
Recommended Age: from 16 years
Festival Year: 2009
Category: Focus Germany
Direction: Felix Fuchssteiner
Screenplay: Katharina Schöde, Felix Fuchssteiner
Camera: Matthias Schlotter Schellenberg
Editor: Nicole Kortlüke
Music: Philipp F. Kölmel
Actor: Sina Tkotsch, Petra Kleinert, Michael Lott, Benjamin Trinks, Elisa Schlott, Maximilian Befort, Annekathrin Bürger

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