I was lucky enough to see eMANNzipation in Berlin this summer and felt compelled to review the film - in hopes that it will get a wider audience, because it surely is a story that needs to be told.
How many movies have you seen that detail troubled relationships that become abusive? Probably a lot. How many have you seen where the female in the relationship is the aggressor against the man? I can't think of any off the top of my head. After seeing the movie I looked into the stats and this is more common than you may think.
eMANNzipation is Dominik's story (played by Urs Stampfli). He is a rather meek man who is first seen wearing an eye patch because his wife has just decked him in the face. We learn how the two met and see the relationship blossom and then deteriorate. The story also brings into the forefront issues of postpartum depression, therapy, parenting, dating, along with the issues of abuse. The story could have turned into something you may see on basic cable, but thankfully writer/director Philipp Muller-Dorn has taken a realistic approach to the material. No one character is just a monster or a weakling.
The performances are wonderful. The star is Stampfli as Dominik, a character so flawed - yet so endearing. Also notable is Frances Heller who is astounding as Hannah who seems to be having the time of her life playing the many sides of the abusive wife. Anna Gorgen is also a welcome addition to the story as the new woman in Dominik's life.
It's a movie I hadn't seen before, handled with precision and care by its director. I would recommend you see the film if it is near you on the festival circuit, or hopefully one day in the theatre!
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