F performances are at the heart of this writers' film -Swiss directors Veronique Reymond and Stephanie Chuat, which looks a bit like a classy television series that could, in British terrestrial terms,
Nina Hoss plays Lisa, an emotionally and professionally blocked author and playwright. Her life is on hold because her beloved twin brother Sven ( Lars Eidinger ), a famous classical theater actor in Berlin, has cancer, although he is now in remission due to the bone marrow transplant that she was able to give him. Lisa comes to the clinic to temporarily bring him back to the chaotic family apartment in the city where their widowed mother Kathy (Marthe Keller) lives. The original film title is Schwesterlein and when we first see Sven he is sitting on the hospital bed with his headphones on, listening to Brahms song: "Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein, wann gehn wir nach Haus?" ”(" Little sister, little sister, when are we coming home? ")
Clearly, living in Berlin is not an option for Sven at the moment. A double has temporarily taken on his role as Hamlet in the current production which Sven has succeeded in, so he agrees to stay with Lisa and her somewhat narrow husband Martin (played by Danish actor Jens Albinus) and their two children at their home in the perfect Swiss Alpine village of Le ysin on Lake Geneva, where Martin is the principal of a prestigious private school and Lisa teaches literature, but wild, passionate, bohemian Sven, in his comical wig to hide his baldness, hates the sterility of the environment. He's angry at being cut off from his artistic strength and it upsets Lisa's already difficult marriage.
The best scene in the movie comes easily when Sven shows up to the theater as a surprise (not entirely welcome) as Hamlet's cast and understudy rehearse, and he barges inon stage, unexpectedly, declaiming his lines. The cast are worried about Sven's outburst, his obvious anger at being stripped of the role, and his fragility - he could fall apart at any moment. He looks like what he is: a cancer patient. Famous, Eidinger played Hamlet on stage in Berlin and the few lines he delivers here are convincing.
The film shows us a relationship rarely represented in the films : brother-sister relationship. And maybe what Lisa has to face over the course of the film is that this is the most important relationship of her life: more important than her marriage, and even more complicated by the fact. that she has already had a romantic relationship with David ( Thomas Ostermeier ), the director who now has the task of telling Sven that his temporary withdrawal from the cast will bepermanent. In her anguish, Lisa begins a new work: a bedroom room inspired by data Hansel and Gretel , the legendary siblings under threat, whom she still believes Sven could to play. This will give Sven a reason to live and rekindle Lisa's own calling.
The closeness of Lisa and Sven was maybe ps will always exclude everyone, especially when Lisa's bone marrow transplant married her in a unique and tragically intimate way. Ironically, perhaps this means the parallel plot about Lisa's own dissatisfaction with living as the Director's wife in an antiseptic Switzerland is rather undernourished- and of course there's the fact that Eidinger tends to eclipse everyone onscreen with him.
Lisa, on some subconscious level, Did she come to welcome Sven's illness as a way to break free from his domestic monotony, especially when she conceives the idea of writing a new play especially for him, to save them both? It 'sa fierce and thoughtful drama.