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by Bernhard Giger


After several years as a big shot city lawyer Christian Aellig returns home for the funeral of his mother. Despite the fact that his mother had been ill with multiple sclerosis for many years, village gossips have spread a vicious rumour that she was murdered by Christian’s father. Christian takes his father’s side, even though they have been estranged following his departure from Oeschenen many years ago. Through Christian’s meeting with his old friend Julia, who is now married to his best friend Adrian, Christian is forced to confront his past, and finds himself sucked into the mire that hides behind the façade of this seemingly peaceful little village. Nothing is what it appears to be...

original title: Oeschenen
country: Switzerland
sales agent: Telepool
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Bernhard Giger
film run: 86'
screenplay: Reto Caffi, Martin Hennig
cast: Martin Rapold, Walo Lüönd, Bettina Stucky, Nicolas Rosat, Yangzom Brauen, Linda Geiser
cinematography by: Edwin Horak
film editing: Christof Schertenleib
art director: Kathrin Brunner
music: Peter von Siebenthal
producer: Theres Scherer-Kollbrunner, Carolina Schegg
production: Carac Film, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
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