“HERZ STICHT” is the story of a patchwork family that passes on emotional wounds and patterns of (mis)communication over four generations in Austria and Germany. Through combining Observational Cinema, archival footage and interviews, the director Michaela Resch dives into an intimate quest of exploring reoccurring separations in each of her family’s generation. The 98 years old Ernestine leads us through the documentary that takes place in Carinthia, Vienna, Bonn and Berlin. Resch’s relatives reflect their personal family histories, their experiences and emotions, revealing the complexities of a family system and its members. “HERZ STICHT” opens up a sensitive discussion about memories, sense of belonging and the tension between family ideals and actual family life.
© Michaela Resch, 2019