A butterfly flaps its wings. Following the effects of chaos theory, this causes a tornado over the Gulf of Mexico which, in turn, provokes a terrible plane crash. Fate operates entirely at random and so the 24-year-old Manu is, miraculously, the sole survivor. Some years later, Manu is working in the Iocal supermarket of a small Austrian town. Through both deliberate and accidental associations, her life - shared with family and friends - turns into an interlocking web of relationships, creating a constant flux of cause and effect. Barbara Albert's second feature film is a demanding piece of work, based as it is on the complexity of cause and effect. Even the tiniest, almost invisible of events may indeed lead to a chain of associations which dominate a large group of people who quite helplessly surrender to a chain of reality that they are unable to affect. This impressive chain of interrelated events suggests the helplessness of? human being, echoing the consequences of a sudden loss. Following this truly drastic chain of irreversibility, the director explores at length the theme of interpersonal dependence and the intricate relationships in which we are, all trapped. CHRISTO BURMAN

Titel
Free Radicals
Regissör
Barbara Albert
Längd
120 min
Festival
2003
Sektion
Competition
Språk
German
Produktionsår
2003
Originaltitel
Böse Zellen
Skådespelare
Ursula Strauss,Kathrin Resetarits,Georg Friedrich
Producent
Antonin Svoboda
Manus
Barbara Albert

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