A MAP OF THE HEART (DER FELSEN)
Who would think that the most difficult place in the world to run away from your problems would be an island in the Mediterranean Sea?
Writer/director Dominik Graf explores Corsica, along with the possibilities of digital video, in this tale of good-byes, bad decisions and obsession. Katrin agrees to a final farewell trip with Jurgen, her lover and boss, who is ending their relationship because his wife is pregnant. They pull apart slowly, then suddenly, like a rubber band breaking, flinging Katrin into a collision with Malte, a charismatic delinquent half her age. Working in a reform camp is his last chance before prison, and he will throw it away to spend one afternoon with her.
Realism pervades this sea-bound drama, even while two narrators reflect upon deeper meanings and possibilities. Like the Senegalese trader selling wares on the beach, Graf is unafraid to admit he is telling a story.