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THE STRANGER IN ME

by Emily Atef

synopsis

A young couple in love: Rebecca (32) and her boyfriend Julian (34) are expecting their first child and are full of pleasant expectation. As Rebecca gives birth to a healthy boy their luck seems to be perfect. But instead of the unconditional motherly love she was expecting, she is thrown into an emotional turmoil. Helplessness and desperation reign and her own baby is a stranger to her. With every day that passes, her inability to meet the demands of motherhood becomes more and more apparent. Unable to admit this to anyone, not even Julian, she falls into a deep darkness – to the point that she realizes she is becoming a threat to her child. The seriousness of Rebecca’s condition is finally discovered and she is sent to a clinic. On the road to recovery, she begins to long for the touch, the smell, the laughter of her baby…

international title: The Stranger in Me
original title: Das Fremde in mir
country: Germany
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Emily Atef
release date: DE 16/10/2008
screenplay: Emily Atef, Esther Bernstorff
cast: Susanne Wolff, Johann von Bülow, Maren Kroymann, Hans Diehl, Judith Engel, Herbert Fritsch
cinematography by: Henner Besuch
film editing: Beatrice Babin
art director: Annette Lofy
music: Manfred Eicher
producer: Nicole Gerhards
production: NiKo Film, Deutsche Film & Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb), ZDF–Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Arte
backing: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia Fonds GmbH, Federal Film Fund (DFFF)
distributor: Ventura Film

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