Not Without You
An elderly artist couple must say goodbye to life. Love and passion for art helps them endure their fate.
An intimate portrait of an elderly artist couple. The documentary depicts photographer Hermine and painter Ger’s last year together. Because of his deafness and her dementia, misunderstandings mount, leading to mutual bewilderment. But in gardening, and in art, they find joy and solace. Ger tries to keep on painting, but his muse Hermine loses track of things. The moment of farewell draws closer and after Hermine’s death, a return to painting becomes, for Ger, a fundamental reason to survive.
84’ / video / colour
Dir: Petra Lataster-Czisch & Peter Lataster
Prod: Lataster & Films
D.O.P.: Peter Lataster
Completed: November 2010
Language: Dutch (English subtitles)
Petra Lataster-Czisch & Peter Lataster:
a.o. THE THINGS YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND (2010, doc), IF WE KNEW (2007, doc) Awards: a.o. Grand Prix
EBS Int. Documentary Festival Seoul, I LIKE TO TOUCH EVERYTHING (2006, doc), THIS WILL NEVER GO
AWAY (2005, doc), OJUNA (2005, short doc), BIRTH-DAY (2004, dance film), DREAMLAND GDR (2003,
doc), FRAGILE HAPPINESS (2001, doc).