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Germany, 2019, 103 min., Director: Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, Director of Photography: Christoph Rohrscheid, Editors: Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, Sven Kulik, Petja Nedeltscheva, Irem Schwarz, Sound: Henrik Cordes, Elke Lehrenkrauss, Music: Dascha Dauenhauer
In German, Bulgarian, and English, with English subtitles.
Rated: PG-13 for thematic content
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Picture this: on the side of the road, at the edge of the forest, mere steps from the speeding cars, the four-wheeled shelters are motionless, stationary. It is night-time, and neon letters and Christmas lights flash intermittently. Inside, women are waiting for someone to stop, alone. Some are lying on a bed, others are just bored, displaying themselves on the passenger seat.
On the remote countryside roads of Germany, the “mobile homes of love” serviced by newly arrived East European or African women are aplenty. We meet a few of them. One is putting make-up on, another is petting a dog, a third one is smoking. One thing binds them together: the wait.
Take Milena and Rita, for instance, respectively from Bulgaria and Nigeria. They wait to be able to put money aside, to find the courage to open up to a friend, to reunite with a brother, to find some peace. Their lives are in stasis, trapped in a vehicle that will not start, crushed by the vices of their clients, the abuse, the protectors, the fear of being beaten – perhaps even killed –, but also by the need to earn money, and the fear to lead a normal life, far from the only role they were ever given.
And then there is Uschi, a time-worn woman who smokes too much. Surrounded by her dogs, sporting extravagant clothes, she is the one who rents the mobile homes to the girls. Profiteer? Confidante? Or maybe she is a warning, a sign of how the girls will end up if they watch time go by like the cars, while others take decisions for them.
(Source: Chiara Fanetti, Locarno)
Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss is a Berlin-based filmmaker and visual artist, born in 1979. In 2012, she graduated with distinction from the KHM Academy of Media Arts Cologne as fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. In 2003, she received her diploma in Video Arts from the HSLU Lucerne University of Art and Design. Her films and artworks have been exhibited on festivals, in museums and galleries worldwide and been multi-awarded. Lovemobil is her feature debut.
Statement from the Filmmaker:
The impulse for the film was a night-drive to my hometown after spending years abroad. Passing the caravans, they jumped at me as a grotesque picture of a microcosmos at the edge of society. So I decided to make a film about it, giving these women a voice. Throughout the course of three years, we tried to capture in atmospheric images and scenes what lies hidden in the dark abyss of these roads, aiming to convey the feeling what its like to live/work/dream/getting abused in this loneliness, depicted from the angle of our brave and captivating protagonists.