The Components of Love
Presented by the Goethe Institute Boston.
When Sophie and Georg meet and start to fall in love, she is pregnant but no longer together with the child’s father. Georg raises her son as his own while the patchwork family deals with the usual issues of modern parenthood: Who is allowed to work, who takes care of the kid? How much freedom is possible, how much sacrifice must be made? And is there room for passion in the midst of all this? A few years later, Georg and Sophie are separated. Jakob is six years old and his parents are desperately fighting over his custody. Until Sophie’s new boyfriend starts to mediate between the frontlines.
The fragmented scenes all take place in front of the same apartment building in Berlin. The characters share their sorrows and longings between walls, pillars and on parking lots. Home is no longer a safe haven, but a windy intermediate space. A laconic look at the everyday irrationalities of love.