Fri, Feb 10
Charlotte, who is 34, runs a flourishing beauty parlour. Dissatisfied with her relationship with Kristian, she decides to leave their flat and move into the first apartment she finds – much to Kristian’s amazement, for, as far as he is concerned, everything is honky dory between them. Veronica, 32, lives one floor below. Veronica is a man – a transsexual who lives with his dog, Miss Daisy. Unable to work on account of a nervous condition, he has been obliged to take early retirement. Whenever he isn’t busy receiving a visit from a gentlemen friend in order to supplement his pension, he is the devoted follower of an American television soap. Veronica has applied for a sex change and is just waiting for the go-ahead.
The two female tenants meet one day by chance – but not in very happy circumstances – for Charlotte saves Veronica from committing suicide. Veronica repays her by sewing curtains for Charlotte’s bedroom
window. As if drawn by some strange magnetism, these two lonely hearts find themselves attracted to each other. During the course of a particularly relaxed evening together, things begin to develop into something of an erotic tęteŕ-tęte – until they both quickly retreat inside their shells.
And then, one day, Charlotte is brutally beaten by a frustrated Kristian. The situation requires a male Veronica to act as Charlotte’s protector. Veronica ends up tending to Charlotte’s wounds on his living room couch, where he makes use of the location to acquaint her with the wonderful world of soap – a world full of love and dark dealings. Once again, the fire deep within them is kindled. Only this time, they know they are falling in love. Both are too afraid to admit this, and begin hurting each other instead – so much so that there’s almost no hope of a happy end. The chances of their happiness together dwindle even more when Veronica’s sex change application is finally approved…
To be continued. In the next episode
Screenings at the festival
Fri, Feb 10, 16:30 Berlinale Palast (D)
Sat, Feb 11, 09:30 Urania (D)
Sat, Feb 11, 21:00 Urania (D)
Sun, Feb 19, 21:00 Urania (D)