THE DISPENSABLES

DIE ENTBEHRLICHEN

By Andreas ARNSTEDT

QUESTIONMARK ENTERTAINMENT - as PROD

First film - Completed 2009


    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • First film, True Story, Drama
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • GERMAN
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Andreas ARNSTEDT
    • Producer(s)
    • Andreas ARNSTEDT (Questionmark Entertainment)
    • Synopsis
    • The tragic story being told in this movie is about an eleven year old child growing up in a lower working class family.
      The mothers alcoholism reached a level that brought her in a psychiatry ward for detoxification and the father, not really able to educate his child anyway, ends up commiting suicide in the living room. The child tries to cover up the death of his father out of fear to be brought to an orphanage, so he spends two weeks with the corpse of his father. As he can behave more freely while on his own, he starts to develop features he disliked in his father and to treat his surroundings the same way.
      Not only the constant confrontation with the continuingly disintegrading corpse of his father, but also the social interactions with his girlfriend, his grandmother (the mother of the dead), his teacher and the neighbour put the boy close to his psychic and physical limits.
      Whenever he is feeling overwhelmed and helpless in a current situation, flashbacks are used to tell more about the lifes of his parents, being jobless and caught in a draining circle of alcohol, temporary jobs, dealing with authorities, aggression, hope and living on a social edge. Over and over again they put themselves back to together, attepting to lead a normal life, but ultimately failing because of prejudices, burocracy and even the own incapability to solve problems.
      The film is the portrait of a family without real chances, a family like so many others in our sociaty, showing the dramatic effects on human interactions due to changes of the social situation.
      The persons in our story are living in circumstances where dream careers or highly paid jobs are out of reach, instead their life is a fight for sheer survival. The circumstances our characters are struggeling in prove the propagated claim for social justice of your achievement-oriented society wrong."
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