My Throat, My Air
The theme of the film is family life in the early 21st century. My Throat, My Air, with the former Fassbinder actor Ulli Lommel (Love Is Colder Than Death), his partner Tea Brown and their children in their apartment in Munich, deploys interiors and concentration of popular codes to produce a visual language for the reality experienced idiosyncratically by children and adults. The vague intimation of a storyline – a father losing his job and returning to the family as an au pair in order to take part in family life – is made to recede into the background by concrete perceptions: touches, movements, loneliness and role playing. The form is inspired by family narratives that enable alternatives to the petit-bourgeois norm of the nuclear family, among them Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and R. W. Fassbinder’s largely unknown science fiction radio play Keiner ist böse und keiner ist gut (1972), in which confinement, intimacy and transgression all find expression.