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Zurich (2013)

Und morgen mittag bin ich tot (original title)
Terminally ill, Lea surprises her family with her wish to die, consciously and controlled, on her own birthday. Her mother tries everything to prevent the plan. But things turn out differently. Tragic and dignified.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liv Lisa Fries ...
Lea
Lena Stolze ...
Hannah
Sophie Rogall ...
Rita
Max Hegewald ...
Moritz
Bibiana Beglau ...
Michaela Orff
Johannes Zirner ...
Heiner
Kerstin De Ahna ...
Maria
Minh-Khai Phan-Thi ...
Frau Wu
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Dr. Joseph Seydlitz
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Fahrer
Andrea Schmid ...
Zollbeamter
Birte Carolin Sebastian ...
Penelope
Gabriele Plotkina ...
Lea (8)
Anouk Gärtner ...
Rita (10)
Cuong Chu ...
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22-year-old Lea travels to Zurich, despite her terminal illness. After years of suffering, suicide seems to be the only solution for her. She has made her decision and seems to be relieved that she will be able to leave her illness behind. She sends her sister Rita, her overwhelmed mother Hannah and grandmother Maria a text message. She wants to spend her very last day, her own birthday, with her family. Lea's ex-boyfriend Heiner also finds out about her travel to Zurich. And on top of it all, Lea meets the somewhat strange but likable Moritz at her hotel, who has come to Zurich for the same reason. In Zurich parallel words collide: Lea is determined but encounters fierce resistance from her own inner circle of loved ones. Written by ARRI worldsales

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The last great journey
6 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

This difficult subject was treated in France the precedent year:in "Quelques Heures De Printemps" ,starring Vincent Lindon and Hélène Vincent ,a terminally -ill (brain tumor) woman chooses assisted suicide in Switzerland....

.....as does Lea in " Und Morgen Mittag Bin Ich Tot";but there is a big difference between the two works: in the French movie,it concerned a woman nearing seventy whereas this one tells the story of a Young girl (23) whose life has hardly begun."Quelques Heures De Printemps " ,although by no means an easy film to Watch, ended almost peacefully,as though the woman was relieved to lay her burden down.

Léa is not so self-assured ;she still clings to the tree of life,which makes sense when you are a pretty girl with a nice family (the grandma is particularly endearing;you may notice her "Bis Bald " (=see you soon),although there is absolutely no hint at religion and at life after life) and a legitimate desire to love and to be loved (sadly the male parts ,particularly the ambassador's son ,are the weakest link of the screenplay).We see her enjoy a ride (with splendid views of the lake at night ),and eat a Wiener Schnitzel ("my last one!" three simple words which hurt the viewer).

If you have seen "Quelques Heures De Printemps",you will compare the final sequences:as I wrote above ,in the 2012 movie,all happens ,so to speak, quickly;but we feel that Lea ,although living on borrowed time,could easily be persuaded to come back home ;in these sequences Bibliani Beglau ("Die Stille Nach Dem Schuss") ,provides remarkable support.

Liv Liza Fries will move you ,without falling into the trap of sentiment and self-pity;I would recommend this work ,but only for people with a strong heart;Lea's breath will haunt you long after the final cast and credits.


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