Die Unsichtbare

Christian Schwochow

Fine lives with her mother, who only has eyes for her autistic sister. She is passionate about drama but is constantly told to stop being invisible on stage. But soon, her life will take a dramatic turn when the lead role of an important play is unexpectedly given to her.

Maybe it’s her shyness, possibly it is something else, but drama student Fine seems invisible in groups. That is also what she is told by her mentor at drama school just before - to everyone’s surprise - she is given the demanding leading role of Camille in a play by the celebrity director Kaspar Friedmann, who is determined to work with students this time. 'Friedmann was looking for a sheep rather than a wolf for the role' is one of the many destructive remarks that Fine hears. And Friedmann does want to destroy her, break her down until she almost disappears and then build her up again so she can play Camille. In the meanwhile, the fairly vague boundary between Fine’s turbulent private life and her work on stage becomes even more vague à la Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Cassavetes’ Opening Night.
Just as in his debut November Child, Christian Schwochow shows that he can make young, talented actresses perform painfully probing and convincing roles.

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Christian Schwochow
Production country & year
Germany - 2011
113 min
Fabian Maubach, Jochen Laube
Screen play
Heide Schwochow, Christian Schwochow
Stine Fischer Christensen, Ulrich Noethen, Ronald Zehrfeld, Anna Maria Mühe, Ulrich Matthes, Dagmar Manzel, Christina Drechsler
Frank Lamm
Jens Klüber
Production design
Kobita Syed
Sound design
Günter Friedhoff, Rainer Heesch
Can Erdogan Sus