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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 94 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Esther (Ghita Nørby) and her husband Poul (Morten Grundwald) invited their family to a weekend together. But the eldest daughter Heidi (Paprika Stehen), her husband Michael (Jens Albinus), her sister Sanne (Danica Curic) and her boyfriend Dennis (Pilou Asbæk) don't come to the picturesque house on the lake for a family celebration like Esther's best friend Lisbeth (Vigga Bro). They've all come to say goodbye to Esther. She has been suffering from ALS for a long time and has decided to end her life before she completely loses control of her body and dies miserably. On the surface, it seems that the daughters have accepted their mother's decision and over the course of the weekend it becomes increasingly clear how badly they can deal with Esther's desire for self-determined death. Sanne even plans to prevent the death of her mother at the last moment…
With "Silent Heart - Mein Leben gehört mir" the Danish director Bille August ("Night Train to Lisbon", "The Ghost House") has staged a quiet, sensitive drama about dying, about self-determination but also about family relationships. It's a very nice, but also extremely difficult and sad movie, which releases its audience from the cinema in a very depressed way. In this respect, it is very difficult to make a clear recommendation. Even though the movie is beyond any doubt in terms of its craftsmanship, the actors are all great, because they act very close to life and the story has an enormous emotional power, it's no real pleasure to watch this drama. So if you want to experience an entertaining movie night, you're definitely in the wrong movie here.
But if you're not afraid of heavy food, you'll get a very intense movie in its silence. Long shots, beautiful images pervaded by an oppressive dreariness, extended conversations and small moments of redeeming lightness determine the events. With enormous restraint August sketches the picture of a family, which threatens to drift apart even further than before due to the mother's decision on a dignified death, before it can grow closer together in the course of the weekend. The award-winning director skilfully renounces all too striking emotions and dripping clichés and instead relies on a very true-to-life tone that hits the viewer even more intensely.
So it's hard not to be overwhelmed by an enormous sadness at the end. It is almost impossible to leave the cinema with dry eyes and quickly shake off the heaviness the film leaves behind despite its beauty. One should be aware of this in advance. But if you want to get involved and experience extremely touching, stirring and beautiful drama cinema of the quiet kind, you should not miss this work. Worth seeing
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