“I was tired of the airbrushed, unreal sex scenes in movies, I wanted to tell the timeless story of love, attraction and lovemaking, which takes hold of our body, mind and spirit,” said the director of the new German movie Cloud 9, Andreas Dresen, which won the Jury “Coup de Coeur” price at the Cannes film festival this year. And so he does. His protagonists however are Inge (67) and Karl (76). Inge, a seamstress, has been married to Werner for over 30 years, they love and respect each other, look after the grandchildren and their sex life is still happening. Inge meets Karl, when he comes as a customer to have his trousers shortened, she senses that he likes her and also finds him attractive. She decides to deliver the finished trousers to his house, and there she stays, they make love. Both are surprised that this is happening to them at their age.
The director: “We don’t know much about old age, we think old people go for cruises and bus rides and besides that are a burden to our pension-system. We do not realise that there is life, courage to do new things, passion, feelings and attraction which know no age, this is what I wanted to show, real bodies, real people, not some sepia-coloured scenes with trickling piano music.”
Inge after much tormented deliberation, tells her husband and finally decides to leave him for Karl.
There is nothing voyeuristic in this film, which moves forward slowly, like a stage-play, no soundtrack, sparse dialogue, the camera focussed on faces to capture every expression of emotion and every little gesture indicating tremendous tenderness. When they lay in bed, talk or laugh, Karl is stroking Inge’s hand with this thumb. Inge and Karl realise that life is precious at any age, but especially at theirs, and their lovemaking is an expression of this.
Watch the trailer here.
— Christa Monkhouse