She is My Mother (2006)

A mother-daughter relationship drama revolving around the past, origins and a fundamental lie.

Rena is a family therapist; she is married with two grown-up sons. She travels with her elderly mother Edith to Norway, the land where she was born in 1943 in a “Lebensborn Home”, part of the Nazi programme to raise members of the master race. Rena wants to discover the truth about her origins at last, and to find out how involved her mother was in Nazi politics. A sense of disquiet about her own identity has accompanied Rena for as long as she remembers and more and more becomes a burden on her relationship with her husband Jan and the boys. But Edith refuses to provide any answers to her daughter's questions. Back in Munich, a mysterious Herr Friedrich appears, claiming that he is also a “Lebensborn child”. He wants Edith to help them discover his true identity at last, but she also refuses to provide him with any information. In fact, over decades Edith has created a sophisticated structure of lies, suppression and denial, and it’s only now with being 60-years-old that Rena insists on her mother to finally tell the truth. 

Besetzung

Thekla Carola Wied, Kyra Mladeck, Rüdiger Vogler, Michael Altmann, Florian Brückner, Robert Dölle, Veronika von Quast u.v.a.

Stab

Regie
Dagmar Hirtz

Drehbuch
Hannah Hollinger nach Motiven der Autobiografie

Kamera
Axel Block

Schnitt
Nicola Undritz

Ton
Andreas Mücke-Niesytka

Szenenbild
Michael Köning

Licht
Reinhold Maul

Producer
Susanne Ottersbach-Flimm

Produzent
Regina Ziegler

Redaktion
Dr. Barbara Buhl, WDR

Infos

Sender
ARD

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