THE IRRATIONAL REMAINS (2005)
In 1987, Suse’s boyfriend Matthias and her best friend Susanne try to escape from East Germany. Their flight fails: Matthias and Susanne are imprisoned, interrogated by the State Security Service, the Stasi, psychologically tortured, and forced into betrayal.
Suse remains behind alone; later she is forced to leave college because of her friends’ escape attempt. Not until sixteen years later do the three meet again. They have now drifted as far apart as their lives together were once close. Still firmly in the grip of the events of the past, Matthias, as a witness of those times, conducts tours for visitors through the prison where he and Susanne were once jailed. Susanne, who never wanted to be confronted with the past again, works as a nurse in western Berlin. Suse, with her husband and their three children, is the only one who still lives in Pankow, the district where the three spent their youth.
Before they see each other again, they return to sites of the past: Matthias and Susanne walk once again through the forest on the Czech border where they were arrested; Susanne stands in her old prison cell. Suse again enters the auditorium from which the Stasi officers once picked her up. The film shows how painful the memories still are after all the years and how love and friendship turned into deep distrust. “What does one say at a moment like this?” Matthias asks one of his old friends, who have become strangers to one another – except for the remnant in their past that ties them together.
Director / Writer: Thorsten Trimpop
Cinematography: Hanno Kunow
Editor: Sarah J. Levin
Consultant: Helke Misselwitz
Sound: Sebastian Kleinloh
Sound Design: Florian Beck
Composer: Michael Jakumeit
Producer: Jörg Trentmann, Susan Schimk
Production: Credofilm GmbH / ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel University for Film and Television "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg
Format: 35mm, 1:1.66, Color
Length: 95 Minutes
51st International Film Festival Berlin – Forum of New Cinema (WP)
45th Vienna International Film Festival
20th International Documentary Film Festival München
16th International Documentary Film Festival Marseilles
7th Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine
19th International Film Festival Amsterdam
11th International Film Festival Pusan
12th International Film Festival Calcutta
46th International Film Festival Taipeh