Director: Dito Tsintsadze
Feature film | D/F | 2003
102 min | Dolby SRD
37th Hof International Film Festival
Lukas is doing his community service, delivering meals to the old and infirm. He has few friends and lives in a neighbourhood of lonely eccentrics. Generally, he’s on his own. At night he rows a boat along the town’s river. But when he fall in love with Isabella, a melancholic but fascinating young women, his life takes on a new dimension. Soon he has but one aim: to protect her.
Isabella is everything Lukas has ever dreamt of in a young woman – she’s exciting and beautiful, strong and fragile, but also very sad. She’s involved in an ambivalent relationship with her stepfather, Romberg, a motivation and success trainer who teaches people how to overcome their fears while presenting himself as ideal pater familias.
Lukas develops an idea, and out of the blue there’s a plan. But in order to do what he thinks he has to do Lukas, a conscientious objector, organises a gun. Then, all of sudden the target of his aggressions and hate is gone, the source of his problem has disappeared. But Lukas no longer is the person he used to be.