The Day I was Not Born (Das Lied in mir)

The Day I was Not Born (Das Lied in mir)
  • 2010
  • Germany
  • 1h 35min
  • Directed by: Florian Cossen
  • Cast: Jessica Schwarz, Michael Gwisdek, Rafael Ferro
  • Language: German and Spanish

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An impressive, prize-winning feature debut from Florian Cossen, The Day I was Not Born is an absorbing, flawlessly acted tale of a woman's search for her true identity. Jessica Schwarz is immensely touching as Maria, a competitive swimmer on a brief stopover in Buenos Aires who recognises a nursery rhyme she hears. She seems to know all the words even though with subtitles she barely speaks any Spanish. The city itself feels strangely familiar. When she mentions these feelings to her father back in Germany, it is the first step in discovering the secrets and lies buried deep in her family history. A haunting, emotional drama. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Welcome to Germany.

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