Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – 7:30pm
Germany/Norway 2015. Dir: Sonja Heiss. 90 min. DCP
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Aptly characterized as a “German angst comedy,” this is the story of Hedi, an offbeat, happy-go-lucky thirtysomething living a semi-bohemian life with her loving husband, Uli, and their mischievous 4-year-old son, Finn. Life is good, until very suddenly, it isn’t. Out of nowhere, Hedi is struck by a panic attack, followed swiftly by crushing anxiety and a full-blown depression. Doctors provide little explanation, but medication is prescribed (“only for emergencies”). As Uli and Finn struggle to adapt to their new reality, Hedi becomes increasingly dependent on tranquilizers, inspiring some achingly tragicomic scenes, such as when a doped-up Hedi visits an exotic pet store to buy back Finn’s affections. Without ever negating the seriousness of the topic at hand, the film treats clinical depression with a light touch and extraordinarily tender humour, exploring love, family, and our hold on “normal life”‘ as the very fragile things they are.
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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Trish Nolan. Dr. Nolan joined the Mood Disorders Association Clinic in 2015. She also holds positions at the UBC Mood Disorders Centre of Excellence and the Reproductive Psychiatry Program at St. Paul’s Hospital. She has a passion for general outpatient psychiatry, which integrates an understanding of medications and evidence-based psychotherapies to improve patient outcomes.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by The Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDABC)
“A warm, wry character comedy.”
Variety | full review
“Delicate, funny, surprising.”
Screen Daily | full review