English title: Unoccupied Year: 2015 Length: 01:02:28 Categories: Film / TV / Video, documentary
Project type: Diplom
Sylvia, Marliese, Rosemarie, and Marianna have lived alone since their children moved out of the family home. In four chapters, named after the women, they talk about how they have dealt with their newly found freedom and the challenge of redefining yourself after a life mainly dictated by family and career. Structure-giving tasks, traditions and rituals fall away. In this new situation they have developed their own concepts to fill empty rooms and free time. Most of the time their parents’ generation does not provide any form of template, they are to a certain extent avant-garde. What we see are the women’s living spaces. The rooms that have become vacant are re-conquered and traces of the children preserved, tolerated or disposed of. The way they arrange their living spaces and personal objects allow an insight into their lives and simultaneously leaves space for our own associations and interpretation.