We Already Know
“Fini, Amadeus and I can tell you a thing or two about what it means to sit on the bench for 30 years while our mothers are the playmakers. We are Prince Charles.”
They are educated, well-informed and politically active – but their mothers have already saved the world and capitalism has swallowed up their desires. Is this the end of the line? Noemi Schneider gives present-day West Germany a roasting in her fantastic romp of a family saga.
She has everything: a good education, zesty shower gel and no reason to complain. She knows everything: there is no right life in the wrong one, capitalism is to blame for everything and nothing good comes of it. And yet there she stands in her mother’s garden, needing some time off. At her age, her mother and her friends didn’t want time off: they were busy fighting for a better world. And they continue today – only these days, of all things, her mother has just taken in a jihadist who is facing deportation. He is on hunger strike, and suddenly, the daughter’s help is called for. But does she have anything to gain in the company of mellow yet militant Über-mums and commerce that steals every radical idea? With anarchic playfulness, Noemi Schneider orchestrates an enthralling contest between the city and the country, reality and utopia, and mothers and daughters.