Michael Kreihsl, 90 min, Narrative/ Comedy, in German with
English subtitles, 2017
Joana and Valentin Dorek are a married couple going through a
crisis. He is a head engineer in the aircraft industry, and she is a
historian. They have two almost grown-up children. They met 17 years
ago while diving – in a perfect underwater world of silence and
harmony – but that was a long time ago. These days, their married
life is full of reproaches in addition to old, unresolved insults
and noisy arguments. This prompts them to take a trial session with
a couple’s therapist. In the therapist’s consulting room, they start
off with their standard programme: she won’t stop talking and he
isn’t even listening.
The broken communication between the couple is a real challenge for
the therapist. He is almost at his wits’ end when his mobile rings
and a surprising message brings chaos into their therapy session.
The film was nominated for Best Actress Award at the Romy Gala in