42Plus, beautiful film on the beautiful island of Ischia
Two broken marriages involved with one another without even knowing it. They take with them from the city civilisation-garbage plus their fear of getting old, knowing the midpoint has passed and they have to get together if they don’t want to fail completely… These people meet against the backdrop of a light summer landscape, in a beautiful white villa at the seaside where everything ought to be perfect. That contrast – the lightness of the scenery, the air, the sun on the one hand and the darkness of those souls on the other – is what makes this a sparkling film. The material is definitely tough… Not to call it a Bergmanesque lightness, but all those themes Bergman touched upon in his characters/relationship films, those eternal themes, they’re present in this film as well. Sometimes it’s tough, sometimes it works out but it is definitely not easy – and it shouldn’t be. It might be tough for everyone at times but I think that will make the result much more interesting. Take that baby step and jump and…live.
42 plus was a special film as we, Sabine and Mons tried to write a story that was not larger than life but that nevertheless dealt with everyday people getting into a situation full of conflict. We tried to get as much potential as possible to identify with those characters – normal people meeting on the screen, regarded as normal people by the audience.
That was the main goal with 42plus – a story based on a normal, accessible conflict within a family – without using any dramaturgical tricks to make those characters into some kind of superstars. Instead, we created characters that have to deal with their conflicts as we all do in our daily lives. That was the exciting challenge of the project.
Director: Sabine Derflinger
The Cast: Claudia Michelsen, Ulrich Tukur, Tobias Moretti, Petra Morzé, Vanessa Krüger, Jacob Matschenz, Ugo Conti, Mario Giordano