Ain't Nothin' Without You

01/01/1986
  |  Book Tickets: 01/01/1986
  |  Watch Now: 24/02/2011
  |  88 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Ain't Nothin' Without You Film Poster

Synopsis

“Fate has placed her on the wrong side of life”, says a friend. “She is rich but wants to be poor, so that she can finally belong to those who are poor and take a stand against those who are rich.” She herself considers superficiality to be her biggest problem. Martha, a filmmaker, lives in Hamburg with her young son. She moves in with a group of Portuguese friends “so as to be closer to society’s throb”. Teresa helps foreigners cope with administrative problems. In the meantime, Martha attempts a love affair with Alfred who has little control over things. In his late thirties, he is still studying architecture and taking his time with Martha too. Their relationship mirrors the realities of life in Germany, captured spontaneously and parodied with sarcastic wit and often reaching absurd depths: An administrative blunder within the bureaucratic jungle of the immigration authorities causes a reversal of fates. And just to combine “high tech” with “high spirits”, a private broadcaster competes against the spoilsports of cultural criticism. As a central theme, the film is interspersed with interview questions for Martha as a female filmmaker: Women’s solidarity? Female aestheticism? Cinematic theories? Nothing could rob either Martha or Pia Frankenberg of sleep. And as neither of them loves a surprise conclusion, Martha and Alfred finally unite in an open happy ending. He is on a quest for security, while she is on a quest for problems. –piafrankenberg.de