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by Verena S. Freytag


Pelin is a young, single mother from the Wedding district of Berlin, an area with, let’s say, a higher degree of social dysfunction than others in the German capital. She has three children by different fathers from different countries. There is Robby (9), Elvis (4) and Roxanne (just 19 months). The social services have sent them on what is known as a Mother-Child-Cure, essentially a family retreat, in a beautiful countryside location in a spa town in northern Germany. The idea is to give Pelin, who is on a continual collision course with youth services and the judicial system, time to reconsider her behavior and also recover physically as well as mentally.

international title: Burnout
original title: Abgebrannt
country: Germany
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Verena S. Freytag
film run: 102'
screenplay: Verena S. Freytag
cast: Lukas Steltner, Tilla Kratochwil, Maryam Zaree
cinematography by: Ali Goezkaya
film editing: Francois Rossier
art director: Rita-Maria Hallekamp, Olivier Meidinger
producer: Jost Hering
production: Jost Hering Filme, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
backing: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Nordmedia
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