FROM THE FAMILY
Nicolas Bieger Marquard Bohm
Atelier/München für Westdeutsches Werbefernsehen/Köln
2 x 25 min.
Aus der Familie der Panzerechsen
Ute, an 8-year-old girl, keeps running away from
home and the Youth Center in order to go on her
own into the animal Kingdom. She spends hours
in the Zoo standing in front of the crocodile
pond, which gradually dominates her life and her
Monika Brehm who is in charge of one of the children’s
groups at the Center, tries to enter the little
girl’s world. She senses that Ute’s escape to
the crocodile is an escape from her parents and
the grown-up world.
She succeeds in convincing Mr. And Mrs. Hagedorn
that their daughter is not malicious and deceitful,
but that child and parents must see a psychotherapist.
As a rule psychotherapists are overworked and
there is a long waiting-list for patients, so
once again Ute is left with her helpless parents
and runs away more and more often to the Zoo,
to her beloved crocodiles.
It is thanks to Monika Brehm’s sense of responsibility
and her commitment that Ute finally manages to
break out of her isolation.
The Island is a complete program in two episodes
which was included in the acclaimed German television
"A House for Us."