The harmony in Denise and Frank’s relationship is clouded. After a trip to the supermarket he tries to cheer up his annoyed girlfriend, but she’s not having a bar of it. As a car passes Frank pretends to save her life with a romantic kiss – the trick works. The car driver however doesn’t find the joke so funny – he harasses the pair and pushes them into a prickly situation for their relationship.
Director Birnur Pilavci excitingly tells the story in just nine minutes and plays with the audience’s expectations. Characterised by authentic actors and a refined montage, ‘Riss’ has been described as ‘particularly valuable’ at many international film festivals.
(And particularly sweet is: Klaas Heufer-Umlauf – alias Frank)
Photo: Screenshot Riss
Text / Translation: Janine