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The Court of Shards (2012)
"Scherbengericht" (original title)

 -  Drama | Family  -  2012 (Germany)
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Despite their disabilities, the two friends Nora and Isabel try to lead normal lives. Strangely enough, it is their family, well-meaning friends and care workers who appear not to want that... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Caroline Fricke ...
Nora
Silvia Giehle ...
Isabel
Natalya Bondar ...
Natascha
Baba Oury Barry ...
Amadou
Frank Hoffmann ...
Thomas
Anna Böttcher ...
Nora (voice)
Steffi Kühnert ...
Isabel (voice)
Alexander Scheer ...
Thomas (voice)
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Delphi Breger ...
Delphi
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Oliver Chomik
Andreas Christ ...
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Brigitte Cuvelier
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Doris Egbring-Kahn ...
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Despite their disabilities, the two friends Nora and Isabel try to lead normal lives. Strangely enough, it is their family, well-meaning friends and care workers who appear not to want that at all. When Nora decides one day to marry her African lover Amadou, her family does everything in its power to stop her. The foreigner's presence sets in motion a series of unfortunate events: a suicide, a bitter deal, and a forced homecoming. And the consequences have only just begun... Written by Anonymous

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At first everyone seems to have a problem - paralysed limbs, epilepsy - or a dissatisfaction (the angry brother who drinks and is just out of therapy, the mother who blames the son for laziness, the care worker who is cynical and likely dishonest). Amadou simply wants to stay in Germany however he can. We begin to see the 'healthy' people are generally more unhappy than those with physical or mental problems, fearing or despising everyone who is 'different' and resentful of everyone they must interact with. Granny sees Amadou as "a great tragedy around one's neck" but in the end he is the kinder and more thoughtful one. The mother inadvertently does everything wrong, leading to a terrible (perhaps inevitable?) end for Thomas and nearly wrecking Nora too.

In a way we arrive at the end with a positive resolution, Nora and Isabel friends again, an African baby bringing happiness to the two women and honour to Amadou's family. There is a future waiting. A lot of information is tucked into the interstices here, opinions and evidence of racism and (well-meaning) cruelty, but people in the long-term care home (old friends now, party hosts) seem to work well within their world. Your opening remarks about passion and positive outlook have come true.


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