Das Glück meiner Schwester

  • 84'
  • Germany
  • 1995
A variation on the problem of triolism made with striking stability of style and a great feeling for mise-en-scène. Angela Schanelec demonstrates in this film an impressive mixture of stylised camera angles and realism, by filming taut and geometrically in simple interiors and existing locations. Her self-confidently designed, naturally acted everyday drama made German critics compare it with the greats from film history. Protagonist is the fairly unsuccessful free-lance photographer Christian. A sober, surly and melancholy personality who is not very happy in his relationship with Ariane. He is attracted to Ariane's sister Isabel (a striking role by film-maker Angela Schanelec herself). Not very sure where he's at, he decides to live with Isabel and tries to avoid Ariane. But he hasn't really chosen for one or other of the sisters: he continues to see Ariane. Christian does not have much to spend so he often has lunch with his friend Richard who is a painter. Richard has a wife and children and seems to lead the normal life that is out of reach of Christian. But it is Richard who suddenly is able to choose another life. Christian, Ariane and Isabel are not able to make such a clear choice. They hope it is a temporary crisis in their relationship and that the future will be without problems.
Director
Angela Schanelec
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
1995
Festival Edition
IFFR 1996
Length
84'
Medium
35mm
International title
My Sister's Good Fortune
Language
German
Producer
Deutsche Presse Agentur DPA
Sales
Deutsche Presse Agentur DPA
Screenplay
Angela Schanelec
Cinematography
Reinhold Vorschneider
Editor
Angela Schanelec
Cast
Angela Schanelec