The Poll Diaries
- Original title
Poll (The Poll Diaries)
- Running time
- 134 min.
Co-production Germany-Estonia-Austria; Kordes, Kordes Film GmbH / Dor Film Produktionsgesellschaft / Amrion
Drama | Biography
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- Synopsis / Plot
- In the summer of 1914, thirteen-year-old Oda Schaefer (Beer) leaves Berlin to join her family and an assortment of German and Russian aristocrats on an estate in Estonia. The Schaefer family home is a character in its own right, a hulking, neoclassical manor that hovers on stilts above the sea. Oda arrives there bearing her mother's coffin and a gift requested by her surgeon father: a jarred, two-headed fetus to add to his laboratory of gruesome curiosities. Ebbo Schaefer (Selge) sees himself in his daughter when she calmly and expertly learns to suture the corpse of a cat. What he fails to recognize - and what Oda luckily understands - is that their interest in science is their only similarity. His dedication to experimentation is linked to an appalling obsession with power and destruction, while Oda is genuinely curious about life. Her quick, quiet intelligence complements her humanity and her lucid understanding of right and wrong...
: 4 German Film Awards: including best supporting actor (Müller)
2010: Roma Film Festival: Special Jury Prize
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