Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
A psychologically troubled young Berliner struggles to find her way -- not to mention her sense of identity -- in German director Soren Voigt's 2003 psychological drama, Identity Kills. Recently released from a mental institution after a suicide attempt, Sarah Lohse (Brigitte Hobmeier), isn't faring much better than she did before her trip down overdose lane. Listlessly wandering the streets of the German capital, Sarah eventually manages to find a job pressing dinnerware from metal as she also finds an apartment, which she shares with an abusive young man named Ben (Daniel Lommatzch). Sarah and Ben eventually marry, a development most people would consider a stabilizing life event but one that sends Sarah into a deeper state of isolation. As their marriage continues to deteriorate, Sarah begins plotting a dazzling scheme to escape from Ben and his verbal and psychological abusiveness once and for all. The entirely improvised Identity Kills premiered as an entry in the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.
depression, identity-crisis, psychological-abuse