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In keeping with the image of a modern family, Konrad (43) stayed home in recent years and took care of his two daughters. Meanwhile, his wife Christine pursued her career as an anaesthetist and provided for the family. After a long, and not entirely voluntary break, Konrad has the chance to return to his job as a theatre director. However, Konrad`s attempt to emancipate himself from the now entrenched gender roles within his family life proves to be more difficult than expected.
Christine struggles to take her husband`s new role seriously and the children fight hard to keep the dad at home. Moreover, their au pair Isabel proves to be an additional burden. The resulting organisational and emotional chaos between daily life, family, and self-realisation reveals deeper cracks in Konrad and Christine`s relationship, and threatens to rip the family apart. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]

The Lives of Others

A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.