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In this dark comedy, the dress is too lavish and the toilet cubicle too small for the bride to fit in. The ballroom is jam-packed and the mood is alarmingly good. Something is about to burst: the groom’s delusion of grandeur? The pregnant belly of deaf Betti? Her step-father’s patience? Or the wine-filled bladder of his ex-wife?

German with English subtitles.

Director's Statement:

Reality does not have to be gray and cruel. Instead, it can very well be colorful and cruel. Tragedies often hide behind smiling faces and colorful curtains. You might overlook them, or see them only too late. This is what I wanted this film to be: Sweetest candy with a bitter core. An acidic pill, tasting even stronger in all the sugar it comes with. That is Betti’s fate, and bitter is also the image painted of her mother, who is anything but a role model. Romy is irresponsible and hardly ever shows up at home. Drawing no black and white picture, ‘Topfpalmen’ asks for the true nature of love. Is it a feeling? Does it mean taking responsibility? And does it imply sacrifice?

Rosa Friedrich
Rosa Friedrich
Dominic Spitaler
20 Minutes
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