Lara’s (Corinna Harfouch) 60th birthday coincides with her son Viktor´s highly anticipated piano concert, during which he will perform his first composition. Throughout the day, we learn that Lara gave up her own dream of becoming a pianist long ago, choosing instead to nurture her son’s musical talent with a mix of obsession and humiliation. Today, she faces his success with pride, jealousy and resentment. Retired from a soul-destroying office job, she has become a bitter and cynical woman, whose own perfectionism has gradually isolated her from people, even her son. Jan-Ole Gerster’s (Oh Boy) intimate portrait of a complex mother-son relationship balances melancholy and humour as it contemplates how the approval of others affects us, along with the consequences of it being given or withheld.
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