October 13 at 23:05 on ORF 2 – as part of ORF's Priority "Consciously Healthy – Living with Dementia"
Vienna (OTS) – As part of ORF's priorities "Consciously Healthy – Living with Dementia" (details at press.ORF.at), "dokFilm" will present a thematic contribution on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11:05 PM in ORF 2. "Remember me "is the title of an award-winning moving portrait of German director David Sieveking about his mother, Alzheimer's Gretel. It's been four years of progressive dementia when David retired to his parents' house for a few weeks to free his father Malta from care and allow him the long-awaited rest. During this time, he begins to live together, their conversations, and thus the course of the illness. David is now the son, supervisor and documentary filmmaker in one person – his presence obviously gives Gretel pleasure. Symptoms of the disease appear more and more obvious, but that does not lose courage. With humor, wit and honesty, the family manages to cope with difficult situations. “Don’t Forget Me” shows her story and coping with an incurable disease. The result is a very empathetic, respectful, almost hilarious film on the difficult topic of Alzheimer's dementia. And a loving portrait of a woman who used to be an intellectual, cold-distanced wife and mother, but eventually became very warm and open through her dementias.
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David Sieveking's mother Gretel has been caring for Malta's husband for many years until she reaches the limit of her options. So that he can rest and relax, David returns to his parents' house to take care of his mother. During this time, he begins to live together, their conversations, and thus the course of the illness.
The symptoms are constantly becoming clearer. Gretel is increasingly withdrawn at first, often confused, anxious, exhausted and slowly losing her memory. But she does not lose courage.
It was only after Alzheimer's disease that David became more interested in his parents' past, a past his mother barely remembers. To pick up Malta from a vacation, David even travels to Switzerland with Gretel, where the couple once lived, and goes in search of clues.
David meets his mother on the other, completely new side. He not only learns from the political commitment of the former NDR leader, a staunch socialist and committed feminist. Former companion and lover Gretel recounts a time when they belonged to the Marxist group, but also about the "open marriage" crises that took his parents back then. At the end of more than 40 years of relationship, Gretel and Malta reunite and relive the time of their love affair. On the day of their wedding, the couple goes to Hamburg, where their love once began. It will be their last trip together.
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