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Windows on Monday

GER 2006, 88 min

Precise observation and bizarre comedy – Ulrich Köhler’s second feature film after his celebrated BUNGALOW.

Synopsis

A new house in a new town could mean the beginning of a phase of domestic bliss for a small family. Nina, a doctor, has taken a few days off. Her husband Frieder is busy laying tiles, while their daughter Charlotte plays in her new room. But Nina is having her doubts; she stands about in the halfempty rooms, feeling thoroughly alienated. Suddenly, without saying a word, she decides to leave.
Paying a visit at first to her brother who is staying in their parents’ holiday home, Nina wanders aimlessly about the surreally mountainous landscape. She winds up with an ageing tennis star at a hotel for sports enthusiasts – an alien-looking concrete structure from another age. Nina’s attempt to break out of her existence isn’t some kind of existential revolt. It’s simply a brief encounter between two people who don’t seem to fit in. Nevertheless, step by step, a somnambulant Nina makes her way back to her own family. The windows that arrive on Monday turn out to be the wrong ones – but it’s no tragedy. In fact, there’s nothing at all tragic about Nina and Frieder’s life together. Not even Frieder’s desperate attempt to seek refuge in an exgirlfriend’s bed. The real tragedy is that, although Nina realises all of this, like a fish out of water, she is utterly incapable of doing anything about it.

Press reviews

A study of contemporary bourgeois anomie. This film confirms Ulrich Köhler’s status among the strong current crop of youngish German film-makers. (Bradford Film Festival Report)

Awards and Festivals

- Hessischer Filmpreis 2006 (Bester Spielfilm)
- Berlinale Forum 2006

Credits

Director and Screenplay
Ulrich Köhler
With
Isabelle Menke, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Ilie Nastase
Director of Photography
Patrick Orth
Editor
Kathrine Granlund
Producer
Katrin Schlösser
Produced by
Ö-Filmproduktion Löprich & Schlösser
In Co-production with 
ZDF (Christian Cloos)
World Premiere
10.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Forum
German theatrical Release
26.10.2006

DVD-Details

Extras
Original theatrical trailer, 2 short films PALÜ (6min, 1998) and FELDSTRASSE (3 Min, 1993) by Ulrich Köhler, Press reviews
Language
German
Subtitles
English, French
Country Code
Code-free
System
PAL / Color
Length
88 min + Extras
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
5.1
Content
Softbox (Set Content: 1), Booklet
Release
29.06.2007
Rating
From 12 Years

Distribution Details

Screening Format
35mm (German Original Version)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Promotion Material
A1 Poster, Trailer
License Area
GER, A, CH
Rating
From 12 Years