The film “Away You Go” (Darling Berlin) by Philipp Eichholtz is now also available on DVD. The third feature film by the Berlin filmmaker opened the perspective of the Berlinale in 2018 and tells the story of teacher Charlie, who puts her life to the test and makes a surprising final decision … The main role is played by Victoria Schulz. Of course, the film is also available online on iTunes, Amazon Prime and maxdome among others.
The movie “Away You Go” (German: “Rückenwind von vorn“) deals with the question of whether adult is easy – and growing up is difficult? The Berlin girl Charlie finds it damn hard to keep the expectations of her environment and her own apart. Her boyfriend, Marco, wants a child, and her colleague Gerry surmises, unsolicited, “Five years together? Well, surely you’re three of you soon …? “But Charlie is not at all sure: Is it nice to have a child, or does she herself disappear with her needs? Charlie is challenged quite a bit in her job as a teacher, and things are not going well with Marco. Everything was so wonderfully easy and spontaneous in the beginning.
She would like some of the excitement of yesteryear when she went dancing in the morning. Others find it easier: Gerry buys a caravan and wants to drift towards the Balkans, her best friend breaks with her backpack to Asia. And then Charlie’s beloved, fun-loving granny gets sick too. Is that how it is to be an adult?
Director Statement Philipp Eichholtz:
“You try to put it into words and immediately it seems small, puny and banal, and yet it is there – this problem, that nagging feeling – then I often disagree with myself and my environment As good as it gets in my life, then I quickly get into a kind of paralysis of life .. Unable to make any decision, I just hold out situations .. I become a tourist who observes my problems with great interest, but the Consequences of not connecting with itself.
The only thing left at the end is a vague feeling that something does not fit. I often feel lost and lonely, afraid to make the wrong decision, I prefer not to meet any. My main character Charlie feels just as lost. A few years ago, world trips and long party nights seemed possible without any problems. If she is now suddenly at work, has to take care of her grandmother and is about to start a family with her longtime friend. But does she want all that? Or, better asked, does she want it all now?”
Der Tagesspiegel wrote at the theatrical release: “Philipp Eichholtz narrates in his warm-hearted Berlin film about the teacher, Charlie …”, while the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung aptly summed up “Adventurousness and Departure”.