Friday, March 24, 1:30 PM
Glenmeadow Retirement, Longmeadow
An uplifting drama-romance bringing together two disparate wounded souls, To Life! tells of the growing bond between an aging Polish-born cabaret singer and a young German man driven by a secret.
Ruth (Hannelore Elsner, grand dame of German cinema) and Jonas (Max Riemelt, star of Netflix original series Sense8) are of different generations and life experiences, who both find themselves at a crossroads, without a home and suffering from romantic loss. Just as the self-reliant but kindly Ruth is evicted from her apartment, Jonas arrives in Berlin burdened with a personal ordeal. Flashbacks divulge the older Jewish woman’s wartime sorrows, while Jonas’ own present vulnerability comes to light. Through shared parallels and camaraderie, and the lusty Yiddish music of yesteryear, this improbable duo rekindles their sense of purpose, finding reason to defiantly toast l’chaim in the face of adversity.
Sponsored by Lynne and Gil Haberman Family Foundation and by Weiss Consulting. In partnership with Glenmeadow Retirement and the German Consulate Boston.
Drama | 2015 | 86 minutes
German | German with subtitles
Directed by Uwe Janson