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Soul Birds (2009)

Seelenvögel (original title)
Boasting an exceptional visual style to match its elemental themes, Soul Birds from documentarian Riedelsheimer, observes the intimate relationship between human beings and nature in this ... See full summary »
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Pauline Schupp Pauline Schupp ... Herself (as Pauline)
Leonhard Grabe Leonhard Grabe ... Himself (as Lenni)
Richard Swiderski Richard Swiderski ... Himself (as Richard)
Flora Schupp Flora Schupp ... Herself
Joseph Schupp Joseph Schupp ... Himself
Isabel Schupp Isabel Schupp ... Herself
Eckhard Wolf Eckhard Wolf ... Himself
Anna Grabe Anna Grabe ... Herself
Paul Grabe Paul Grabe ... Himself
Winfried Grabe Winfried Grabe ... Himself
Natalie Schwaabe Natalie Schwaabe ... Herself
Caroline Swiderski Caroline Swiderski ... Herself
Detlef Swiderski Detlef Swiderski ... Himself
Gaby Klenk-Swiderski Gaby Klenk-Swiderski ... Herself
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Boasting an exceptional visual style to match its elemental themes, Soul Birds from documentarian Riedelsheimer, observes the intimate relationship between human beings and nature in this deeply moving portrait of three children battling leukemia. Written by Palm Springs International Film Festival

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German | English

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5 November 2009 (Germany) See more »

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Soul birds going straight into your soul
20 November 2009 | by Pippi_langstrumpfSee all my reviews

This is a documentary on three children suffering from leukemia. One is Pauline, a 15-year-old girl, Lenni, a six-year-old boy and yet another boy called Richard, 10 years old, who all live in or near Munich.

You see them at hospital and at home, how their families try to make their lives comfortable, and they all wonder whether it is sometimes desirable to try a new therapy which might or might not prolong your life but will definitely increase your suffering. They all appear to be wise and much more mature than normal teenagers, and they all have put some thought into death and dying, even little Lenni who suffers from Down Syndrome and cannot really speak.

As this is not a feel-good Hollywood movie but a real-life story, you can be sure that not all of them will be alive and kicking at the end of the film. So make sure you have some handkerchiefs with you (crying with other people in the audience can have a cathartic effect) and enjoy this film which, despite its subject, it is not depressing at all.


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