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The lives of three women inextricably cross paths one Christmas Eve in this drama that explores the lives of three lost souls. Francesca (Esther Zimmerling) is a young woman who drives a taxi and takes care of her father and younger sister Antonietta (Kim Schnitzer) since their mother abandoned them many years earlier. When Antonietta runs away to Rotterdam to follow her musician boyfriend, Francesca must find her and bring her home. On the way she discovers a woman, Gerlinde (Hannelore Elsner), passed out in her car after a crash. After unsuccessfully trying to deliver this troubled stranger to the hospital, Francesca finds herself with two lives to save: Gerlinde and Antoinetta. As they make their way towards Rotterdam, the story unfolds from the perspective of all three women: Francesca as the tough-as-nails caretaker, Gerlinde as the heartbroken older woman and Antonietta as the careless teenager. But as the film proceeds, it becomes clear that each is not who she seems to be, and less and less clear which woman is saving the others. During this fateful journey, they learn about each other, themselves and what it means to be alive. Writer-director Angelina Maccarone, known for film festival hits such as Everything Will Be Fine and Unveiled, delicately brings the characters' stories together and uses the Christmas setting almost as another character.
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On Christmas Eve, three women of different generations meet. They could be the same woman at different turning points in her life, as in their unfulfilled desires and their loneliness they seem to be soul mates. On that sacred day that others spend in the circle of their beloved, the Christmas atmosphere is all around but never where they are. For them it shall become the day that unsettles their lives. Rotterdam, a city of contrasts between village and metropolis is where their paths lead them to. The place becomes the symbol for their lives where all of the three painfully have to let go of their old beliefs. The film is about the decisiveness to live your dreams and desires instead of dying for them. The script has the structure of three stories which meet at one point and become one. My concept of starting each story at noon on Christmas Day and covering the main events for each character until they all meet on the day after, allows to experiment with different cinematography styles to underline each story's own perspective.
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ANGELINA MACCARONE wrote song lyrics for German pop star Udo Lindenberg and others, before codirecting her first screenplay Kommt Mausi raus?! For her movies Everything Will Be Fine and An Angels Revenge, she won numerous prizes and awards. In 2004, she wrote and directed the feature film Unveiled (cowriter Judith Kaufmann). The film won the Hessen Film Prize and was followed immediately by Hounded, which won a Golden Leopard in Locarno's "Filmmakers of the Present" section. Vivere is her sixth movie, on which she has been again working in a creative partnership with Judith Kaufmann.