Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
A down-on-his-luck East German repairman unable to adapt after the fall of the Wall receives an important lesson in consumerism from his previously estranged, West Berlin-born-and-bred son in director Robert Thalheim's seriocomic entry into the 2005 Vancouver Film Festival. Abandoned and forgotten in the economic transformation that followed in the wake of the reunification, self-pitying repairman Marcel (Milan Peschel) fills his lonesome days ranting at the local coffeehouse until the arrival of his estranged 15-year-old son, Sebastian (Sebastian Butz), gives him a new perspective on life. Arriving on his father's doorstep in hopes of avoiding a move to suburbia with his newly remarried mother, Sebastian sees that what his father really needs to get back on his feet is a new image.
German [nationality], Germany, consumerism, father, son, capitalism, image [public image], coffee-house, reunification