No One's With the Calves

Niemand ist bei den Kälbern

Director: Sabrina Sarabi
Country: Germany

2021 | 116 min. | German
Subtitles: English
FSK 16

Cast_ Saskia Rosendahl, Rick Okon, Godehard Giese Screenplay_ Sabrina Sarabi Camera_ Max Preiss Producer_ Milena Klemke, Yvonne Wellie, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann Rights_ Filmwelt Verleihagentur

With the visual grandeur of a western, this film gives an eye-opening look at a farm in provincial north-eastern Germany.

The shimmering heat of summer spreads across an expanse of farmland somewhere between Berlin and Hamburg. Jan and his girlfriend Christin are to take over his parents’ farm; they’ve already mastered the routine. Christin stoically endures the hard work, but the question “What is your dream?” gets her off track and won't let go of her. With impressive precision, Sabrina Sarabi captures the bleakness of this daily work routine and allows her protagonist to think about her own aspirations. She gets closer and closer to her characters until they finally give free rein to their silent aggression. Lead actress Saskia Rosendahl gives her Christin’s forlornness a nervous energy in which a zest for life shines through beneath the routine and staidness.


Sabrina Sarabi is a German-Iranian director and screenwriter. After studying directing in Cologne, she made her debut in 2019 with ›Prélude. ›No One’s with the Calves‹ premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, where Saskia Rosendahl received an award for best actress.


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