Archive of films Happy as One / Komm näher

Germany
2005, 97 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2006

The drama by the German director Vanessa Jopp, whose debut Forget America six years ago won a series of awards, comprises episodic stories about men and women who find their way to each other one Berlin winter, yearning to experience happiness, even for a short while.


Synopsis

A drama composed of episodes, whose improvised style is reminiscent of Andreas Dresen or Mike Leigh, captured in fine brushstrokes with a quivering radiance.  An unexpected smile on a stranger’s face… A warm voice on the telephone… Fingers trembling to the touch… Small details which awaken desire and unease and, during the course of a Berlin winter, leave their mark on several parallel journeys in search of happiness. A seemingly hardened yet fragile young woman meets a man whose tenderness she doesn’t understand. A wife and mother, who puts her career before her family, unwittingly drives her husband to passivity, from which he has to escape... A mother and her adolescent daughter fall in love with the same chubby and modest middle-aged man... These are subtle stories of men and women who unexpectedly find affection for one another; humorous and dramatic encounters of people who might just find happiness, if only for a short moment...

About the director

Vanessa Jopp (b. 1971, Leonberg, Germany) studied at the Film and Television Academy in Munich (1993–99). She began her film career as an assistant director and her first feature film Forget America (Vergiss America, 2000) won several German and international awards. Before this success, she made the shorts One Night Suicide (1996) and Café True Romance (1998). She cooperated as screenwriter on the films Honolulu (also known as Romeo and Julia, 2000) and Engel & Joe (2001). She also works occasionally for television.

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
   
Director: Vanessa Jopp
Screenplay: Adrienne Bortoli, Stefan Schneider
Dir. of Photography: Rainer Klausmann
Music: Loy Wesselburg
Editor: Brigitta Tauchner
Producer: Oliver Simon
Production: K5 Filmproduktion
Cast: Meret Becker, Hinnerk Schönemann, Stefanie Stappenbeck, Marek Harloff

Guests

Thorsten Ritter

Thorsten Schaumann


Stefanie Zeitler

Distributor

Stefan Schneider

Screenwriter


Brigitta Tauchner

Film Editor

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