Lorenz Meran, (40) a successful gay author suffering acute writers' block, has to leave Berlin and return to eastern Switzerland to provide care for his aged mother, Rosie. When he finds ...
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Lorenz Meran, (40) a successful gay author suffering acute writers' block, has to leave Berlin and return to eastern Switzerland to provide care for his aged mother, Rosie. When he finds himself confronted with the fact that fun-loving Rosie refuses both outside assistance and a care home, he discovers that he is stuck fast in his small home town of Altstätten. But it is not only his mother's battle against being dictated to and losing her dignity that he is struggling with. It's also his own midlife crisis. And when long-kept secrets are suddenly revealed under the tensions of family dynamics, Lorenz almost fails to notice that love is knocking on the front door of his parent's house...Written by
gay man returns home for mother and may find love with youngster
The film focuses mainly on the dynamic between an elderly ailing mother and her gay son who returns back home to Switzerland from Germany to take care of her. Love comes a knocking on the door for the male protagonist in the process, but that plot line doesn't get much exposure, which is a shame - because I found those scenes most intriguing of all.
The family drama takes up too much time for my liking; its storyline is drawn out much too extensively. At some stage I was telling myself "get on with it, where has the cute young love / lust interest gone?"
Nevertheless I enjoyed most of the film. The beautiful scenery of rural Switzerland translates very well on camera, and perhaps it is implied to be a purifying influence on the slightly jaded gay protagonist who appears to have been emotionally hardened by Berlin. The Swiss German accent is a joy to listen to as well. There is also a fair amount of humour, mostly played out by the raucous mother, but even her spiel gets a bit wearing in the end.
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