This intensely evocative drama follows the difficult path chosen by a German couple when their unborn baby is diagnosed with Down’s syndrome and another more fatal condition, forcing them to ask the kind of questions that any expecting parents would hope to avoid.
This evocative relationship drama revolves around Astrid (Jentsch), a newly pregnant stand-up comic who likes to talk trash about her home life, and poke fun onstage at her longtime boyfriend, who is also her manager, Markus (Bjarne Maedel).
In truth the pair share a very close bond and are deeply in love, living it up with their young daughter (Emilia Pieske) in a modern suburban cottage where they’re often visited by Astrid’s chain-smoking if extremely helpful mom (Johanna Gastdorf).
But the happy pair is suddenly hit with a bombshell of bad news when they learn that their future baby has DS. Stepping back to assess the situation, Astrid and Markus quickly muster up their sangfroid, and a fair amount of humor, to face the prospect of raising a mentally disabled child. Then a second bomb drops when an ultrasound test reveals that the infant has severe heart problems requiring intensive after-birth surgery, forcing Astrid to consider the prospect of terminating the pregnancy and driving a significant wedge between the comedian and her significant other.
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