A Godsend (Ein Geschenk der Götter)
Germany, 2014, color, 102 min., German with English subtitles, Director: Oliver Haffner
Anna, an actress, unexpectedly loses her job at a small theatre. She can‘t expect much help from the local employment agency – but as it so happens, there is an administrator at the agency who is enthusiastic about theatre. Anna takes on the job of teaching drama to eight long-term unemployed people. Initially, none of them are enthusiastic, nor are they thrilled about “Antigone”, the drama Anna wants to rehearse with them. But the skeptical and difficult individuals manage to pull together to form a collective, giving all of them renewed hope. A Godsend is a tragicomedy, where the stage is the setting for a collective restoration of the self-respect lost by each of the individuals.
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