With an intriguing title for Roland Reber’s 2008 film, “Mein Traum oder Die Einsamkeit ist Nie Allein” [Eng. Trans: My Dream or Loneliness never walks Alone], one would’ve expected to be taken on some kind of existential ride exploring human nature on the lines of Antonioni’s ‘L’Avventura”. Well, I was any way. But what we see is an experimental exercise in mixing various motifs by bringing the stage to the screen.
I assume Mr. Reber was trying to reach out to a younger ‘mainstream’ audience with his cut-and-dry theories. In his customary style, he uses a detached character to comment on the protagonist’s state of mind. Here it is the androgynous Godot – a scavenger making a living off the city’s sewer system, who unravels the protagonist’s confused state of mind and in some ways acts as his guardian angel.
A man leaves his wife, family and friends and walks off with his suitcase not knowing what he wants to do next. He bumps into some characters who’ll reappear again during his night of wanderlust in company of the affable Godot (played by Mira Gittner). He will relive conversations with his parents, wife (Marina Anna Eich), and mistress (Sabrina Brencher) among others as he reassesses his life. Knowing that the man is contemplating suicide, Godot will try and explain why people do and say the things they do.
The story apparently was inspired by a real event concerning an old man who threw himself off a bridge, suitcase in hand, onto the carriageway below. It is an unusual addition to Roland Reber’s filmography, as I believe this is primarily stage play material, may be even a musical. While I have no problems at all with what Reber is trying to say, I’m not sure to what extent people today might relate to the ‘traditional’ characters portrayed here. But it is witty in places, and we get to see a different kind of character played by Ms. Eich. As usual, you have cast members doubling up as crew – Mira Gittner handling cinematography and editing, with Marina Anna Eich and Patricia Koch in charge of production.