Director: Thomas Struck
Documentary | D | 2002
88 min | Stereo
37th Hof International Film Festival
On a bike, the director follows the river Thine from the estuary to its source in the Alps. The inspiration for this journey was provided by Johann Spyri’s Heidi: “Where does the Rhine go to?” Heidi once asked Peter, the goatherd. Soon, he is contacted on his website by Reinhild, who accompanies his journey with text messages and e-mails, but who chooses to remain in the dark.
By means of an unobtrusive fictitious plot, interwoven with historical footage and the over-view of a second camera, the journey creates a documentary of the Rhine, the tales and legends that surround it and the stories of the people encountered there. Struck keeps his eyes and ears open for trivia, for small, private moments, which he combines with the vast, larger picture to create a panorama of the river Rhine: a river ~ an experience ~ a river movie.