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Vacuum (Vakuum)

Directed by Christine Repond

  • Switzerland, Germany 2017; 85 min
  • Original version: German
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Actress (Barbara Auer) - Tallinn Black Nights FF


Amidst the preparations for her 35th wedding anniversary, Meredith discovers that she is HIV-positive. Only her husband comes into question as the carrier. She finds out that he has been unfaithful to her with prostitutes and confronts him. Following an intense fight, they decide to deal with the condemnations and the illness together. But how much injury can love withstand?

Director's Statement

In VACUUM, which is based on authentic events, I wanted to explore what remains when a special intimacy is no longer sufficient. What are the proportions of love or obligations that drive these two people not to simply throw away a carefully constructed life? Even if the drama takes place in a middle-class environment, traditional role patterns are so in vogue with young generations nowadays that Meredith’s struggles to question her suddenly capsized world order, extend far beyond it. Just like the burning question which transcends all class boundaries: how good was the good and can we hold onto it, or does it merely decay when trust is lost?



    Sophia Rubischung