The safe place promised by the title of Juraj Lerotić's feature film debut does not in fact exist. His characters are constantly in motion, under strain: how to behave, how to comfort? How to convince the doctors to do what would appear to be the right thing, how to answer the hurtful questions of the police officers who are, in fact, only doing their job? The family, or what is left of it right now, becomes a shelter that offers no solutions. The mother helpless, hectic, at times almost obsessively hopeful. Brother Bruno desperately tries to keep calm. Lerotić, whose screenplay is based on autobiographical experiences, himself plays the brother. A participating observer in a constellation of three individuals who are completely overwhelmed by the situation. Words of comfort that no longer console, the sudden departure from the adopted home of Zagreb to their native Split brings merely a brief sense of calm. The hurtful routine with which the hospital staff welcome the beloved patient becomes a constant theme of communicative displacement activities. You know how it is, painfully so, when you lose someone close to you: every gesture, every blink of an eye counts. Every opportunity to buy time until the final loss is seized upon, from one last cigarette to an outburst about the insensitive nursing staff. The grief is quickly felt, and yet the farewell is still a shock.
Text: Bernd Buder
English: Peter Rickerby
Stadthalle: Original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation.
Weltspiegel Saal 2: Original version with English subtitles