Reflections

Reflections

Documentary Film
2016
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sara Broos
Sara Broos
Pelle Ossler
Billie Mintz Hampus Linder
Sara Broos
Peter Mettler, Esteban Rivera
Sara Broos
Patrik Strömdahl
“There’s a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” These lyrics by Leonard Cohen quoted by Sara Broos in her film outline the fragile self image she shares with her mother. And yet all her life her mother has been unreachable. The successful Swedish painter Karin Broos has built a bulwark of domestic routine, perfect make-up and above all her photorealist paintings against chaos, against her dark thoughts. Her three daughters, too, became motifs in her paintings which resemble frozen moments.

If Sara now directs and films her mother it’s still bound to remain an approach only. But her stylised images in which the Swedish picture book idyll always hints at its own shadows are like the surface of a dark pond, mirroring what the two women share. Interweaving diary entries, photos and narrow-gauge films from the family archive she creates the double portrait of two women whose severity against themselves takes both mother and daughter through long years of bulimia. A poetic reflection about melancholy and the quest for inner freedom, but above all about the relationship between art and life.

Lars Meyer