Thers is quite special. A relationship – that between adult twins – which is rarely explored in cinema; a twinning, in Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger, of two of the best German actors currently in business; and a cinematographic approach, by StÃ©phanie Chuat and VÃ©ronique Reymond, defined by a rare emotional intelligence.
The Swiss candidacy for the Oscar for Foreign Languages ââlast year is a terrible and thorny drama about the family ties tested by the cancer diagnosis of Sven (Eidinger), the twin brother of Lisa (Hoss). Even before a line of dialogue is uttered, the film fleshes out the connection between them in the way the camera flows, like blood from a transfusion, and the way their smiles mirror each other exactly. other.
The theater is in the blood they share. Sven is an actor who hopes to recover Hamlet’s crown as soon as his cancer goes into remission. Lisa is a famous playwright. And their mother, Kathy, played by a gloriously toxic Marthe Keller, is a stage lady whose idea of ââa proper response to a medical emergency is to go on a royal kir tour. Motherhood not being Kathy’s strong suit, it falls to Lisa to take care of Sven, a role that takes her away from her marriage to Martin (Jens Albinus), the principal of a Swiss school in elite, and brings her back to her old life in Berlin. A collision is inevitable, but even so, the climax of the film is unexpectedly devastating.