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Ursula is more than 60 years old, and falls in love with Karl, who is 75. The victim of this very unintended family upset is her husband Werner, who is strangulated by despair, but unable to find a strategy to cope with it.
Andreas Dresen is one of the very exciting current generation of directors. His form of New German Ultra-Realism is characterised by very ordinary people leading their very ordinary lives in a way that you just have to love them – whether they are well- or ill-minded. “Wolke 9” may not be his best film ever (“Halbe Treppe” stays on that spot unchallenged), but is interesting in that it may be the one that is most easily accessible for an international audience. You do not need to know anything about life in Germany (or the differences between life in Germany’s East and West). The challenge of love ripping families apart is universal, and the additional torture being applied by that fact that when it happens to the generation 60plus, it means that the relationships that are breaking down are often 30 years and older. Love in that age brings more burden in the form of responsibility for the partner’s fate – and this is the topic of the film, more than having “mature” sex (“how do 80-year-olds screw? She is standing on her head and he is letting it hang in.”) or having to get used to a new partner with all his / her habits. It certainly is an interesting mix of beautiful and cruel impediments life offers.

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