Genre: Documentary
               Musik, Berlin, life history, Berlinale 2010, lullabies
  Do you remember a song that you have sung to sleep with your mother when you were a child? With this question Tamara Trampe and Johann Feindt parade through Berlin. Both have been useful old German documentary maker and participant in the mammoth project 24 Berlin – A day in life.

This time it’s back to people and their destinies. A lullaby, the philosophizing, the film should be the first musical connection to the world – a universal and yet deeply personal experience, coupled with the mother who sings in a cemetery. The song as the beginning of the life history, even as an adult, you can remember this song or at least in fractions. Assuming it was ever sung one of a. With the question of this beginning, the two filmmakers begin to tell the life stories of several Berlin residents. There is, for example, composer Helmut Oehring, who never came to enjoy listening to sing his mother – his parents are deaf. Or, Detlef, born in jail, then come into the home, and finally sent to a foster family who gave him despite everything, no heat. Santos, home child with prison experience, who has just become a father himself now, and projected all of his longing for his son in the hope that it will not leave him one day in the lurch. It includes contributions also Apti Bisultanov, once a deputy minister in Chechnya and poet, whose soul has suffered in the war, remember that only a stuffed toy in his happy childhood days of yore. But then there’s Mila also, herself still a child and are just on the threshold of adolescence, full of dreams and aspirations, and songs.

The protagonists and their stories is diverse and multicultural. The lullabies are coming from all over the world. Between the interview sequences dissected Trampe and Feindt repeatedly show atmospheric pictures from Berlin. The intercut alone tell a lot about this city and are so emotionally charged that they almost tell a story in the story: the emotional experiences of an ever-bustling city and its inhabitants, all chased from modern life and their own life stories. The more people watched the documentation it and sometimes deliberately staged, the more is lost but the common thread. It may be the technique that is used here, like a collage with pictures of work in progress character described and probably it is the intention that the stories become entangled and lose every now and then. Despite or perhaps because one is left unsatisfied. Many questions are in the area – many answers remain. Tamara Trampe unpleasant it is to listen to when interviewing. Her interview style has now and then questioned character, in highly emotional moments, it is pressing on with their interlocutors to respond, other times they just can not finish. Sensitive viewers may even spoil the atmosphere and it frequently draws the focus from the protagonist to the interviewer and away from the main center of interest.

Total lullabies is an expressive pictorial narrative, the strong, harsh images and the catch polyphonic music collage of lullabies and other urban noises always the weaker moments of the documentary can.

(Beatrice Behn)

Title: lullabies Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2010 Length: 98 (Min) of material: (# ) Ventura Film

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