Lana shares an apartment with her sick mother whom she has to care for. To escape her harsh reality, she watches a young woman in the flat across the street through a video camera. In her obsessive imagination, she develops an intimate relationship with her. When Lana sees her new friend’s well-being threatened, she abandons the role of an observer and intervenes in the events.
Two apartment buildings facing each other, three women, three generations and one video camera. The story of an obsession.
“Despite the plot being fictitious, the film does have documental features. The actresses are part of a family – my family. Michaela Caspar and Maria Luise Preuss are – as in the film – mother and daughter who live together. Maria Luise Preuss suffers from aphasia and paralysis resulting from a stroke and is cared for by her daughter. Emilia von Heiseler, who plays the young woman across the street, is Michaela Caspar’s daughter – and my twin sister. Although the cast’s family ties are not, per se, relevant to the viewer, our goal was to deliver very intimate and often painful scenes between the characters in a way that transcends the fictional.”
Anton von Heiseler