HENRY AND VERLIN

HENRY AND VERLIN / HENRY UND VERLIN


CA 1994, D: Gary Ledbetter, 88 Min.
Fiction, German version, FSK age rating 6+, recommended for 8+
AWARD WINNER LUCAS 1995

Henry and his nine-year-old nephew Verlin are the best of friends. However, a lot of people in the village disapprove of that friendship, because Henry is mentally retarded and acts like a child. Verlin isn’t what you’d call ‘normal’, either: he retreats into his shell like a snail, and refuses to take part in life actively. No matter what his parents try, he doesn’t speak. When he’s with Henry, Verlin doesn’t need to talk, because on their crazy and sometimes dangerous adventures, the two of them understand each other without words. When they get into great danger as a result of carelessness, there seems to be no other option: Henry has to go to a mental institution. Verlin is all alone again. He falls into a deep coma, and is brought to the institution too.

FRI, 1.12., 2.30 PM
Cinema at the Deutsches Filmmuseum

SUN, 3.12. 3 PM
Cinema at the Deutsches Filmmuseum