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The Day I Was Not Born (2010)
"Das Lied in mir" (original title)

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During a stopover in Buenos Aires on her way to Chile, 31-year-old Maria recognizes a nursery rhyme. Maria doesn't speak a work of Spanish, but without understanding what she is singing, ... See full summary »


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During a stopover in Buenos Aires on her way to Chile, 31-year-old Maria recognizes a nursery rhyme. Maria doesn't speak a work of Spanish, but without understanding what she is singing, she remembers the Spanish lyrics. Disturbed and thrown off course, she decides to interrupt her journey and wander through the unfamiliar city. On the phone to Germany, she tells her father, Anton, about her experience and the peculiar fascination the unfamiliar city has had for her. Two days later, Anton suddenly turns up at Maria's hotel with something to confess: Maria spent the first three years of her life in Buenos Aires during the military dictatorship at the end of the 1970s. The people she had always thought were her parents had adopted her and brought her to Germany. Father and daughter begin a journey in search of Maria's biological parents. Anton does everything he can not to lose his daughter. Written by Anonymous

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"Invariably engaging drama..."
15 October 2011 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

German screenwriter and director Florian M. Cossen's feature film debut which he co-wrote with German producer and screenwriter Elena von Saucken, is a German-Argentina co-production which was shot on location in Buenos Aires, Argentina and produced by Fabian Maubach and Jochen Laube. It tells the story about Maria, a 31-year old competitive swimmer from Germany who is traveling to Chile. Maria's plane makes a stop in Buenos Aires and while she is waiting on the airport, she recognizes a nursery rhyme playing on a radio and is so affected by it that she misses her plane to Chile and loses her passport. After finding herself a hotel in Argentina, Maria contacts the police about her passport and is told to wait. Maria is still intrigued by the song which reminded her of her childhood, but when she surprisingly encounters her father Anton at the hotel where she is staying, he makes a shocking revelation that changes her perception of her own identity.

Acutely and precisely directed by first-time director Florian M. Cossen, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a humane portrayal of a woman's sudden confrontation with long kept secrets about her origins, her dedicated search for the truth about her family history and her relationship with her father. While notable for it's gritty and naturalistic urban milieu depictions, fine cinematography by German cinematographer and art direction by Victoría Pedemonte, this character-driven, dialog-driven, narrative-driven and conversational directorial debut which examines themes like identity, family relations, betrayal and love contains an efficient score by composer Matthias Klein.

This humorous, romantic and poignantly atmospheric parable which depicts two merging and condensed studies of character, is impelled and reinforced by it's stringent narrative structure and the emphatic and involving acting performances by German actress Jessica Schwarzin, German actor and director Michael Gwisdek, Argentinian actor Rafael Ferro and Argentinian actress Beatriz Spelzini. A subtle, gripping and invariably engaging drama which gained, among other awards, the award for Best Cinematography Matthias Fleischer at the 31st Bavarian Film Awards in 2010, the Public Award for the most popular film and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 34th Montreal World Film Festival in 2010 and the award for Best Debut Film at the 32nd Biberach Film Festival in 2010.

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