Marko is in his mid-thirties, has just published his first book, and has been living in Berlin since his university days - far enough away from his parents Gitte and Günter whose bourgeois ... See full summary »
Marko is in his mid-thirties, has just published his first book, and has been living in Berlin since his university days - far enough away from his parents Gitte and Günter whose bourgeois lifestyle he could never quite get used to. He visits them once or twice a year, mainly to give them a chance to spend a few days with their grandson. His hopes of spending a quiet weekend with the family fall short when Gitte, who has been mentally unstable since Marko was a child, feels so healthy after a homeopathic treatment that she stops taking her medication. Her announcement triggers reserved reactions in the family, and a series of revelations tip his family's structure out of balance. Written by
I thought the Spanish cinema industry was extremely good at taking a foreign film and giving it a title that has nothing to do with the original. Seemingly, I was wrong. The Americans are just as imaginative. They took Was Bleibt (what remains) and dubbed it Home for the Weekend. Indeed, the story revolves around a family that spend a weekend together, but they could have come up with a more interesting title, of that I am sure.
The film wonderfully depicts how the different members of a family deal with a dramatic situation. Played by Lars Eidinger, the elder son is the one the public may identify with. His reaction to family turmoil is the most understandable if compared to that of the father or the younger brother, whose attitude felt at times extreme childish.
The cinema where I saw it was also a great discovery. It is not only a cosy, affordable, indie cinema in the centre of Berlin, but also offers what no other does, German films in original version with subtitles in English. This time, I didn't miss a thing!
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