Step by step the playful relations between man and animal turn into purposeful training and tough drill. Even scenarios that seemed rather vague a moment ago come more and more to resemble real emergencies. A reality long known to another protagonist: at the same time, in the same training camp, a traumatised Kosovo veteran is to be rehabilitated with the help of a therapy dog. Gradually Lena Leonhardt’s film turns into an equally concentrated and wide-ranging narrative of what it means to be a soldier – and the doubts about the meaning of this meaning.
Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Goethe-Institute Documentary Film Prize