Synopsis: Helen has it all: friends, an attentive second husband, a cheerful teen daughter, musical talent, and a university teaching job. Then, something's amiss: is her husband cheating, does she have a fatal disease, does her past haunt her? There's a quick hospitalization, a disclosure, a bond with one of her students, Mathilde, and a dark chasm that seems to be opening in front of her: can Helen do anything about the problem she won't discuss, or will it swallow her?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sandra Nettelbeck
Production: E-1 Entertainment
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday, dear Helen

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday!

What do you think?

Do you like it?

Oh, my God!

-Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Helen.

Happy Birthday.

Isn't it gorgeous?

Did you make this yourself?


Darling, it's gorgeous.

Make a wish, Mom.


Thank you, sweetheart.

Just one.

A short one.

Let's eat!

Everything l have is yours

You're part of me

Everything l have is yours

My destiny

l would gladly give

the sun to you

lf the sun were only mine

l would gladly give

this earth to you

And the stars that shine

Everything that l possess

l offer you

If I shoot those guys out there

and plead temporary insanity,

would you corroborate my story, huh?

Oh, sh*t.


The alarm didn't go off.

-Come on.


-It's almost 8:

-M m-hmm.

Julie has a test in her first period.

-Where's your tie?

-l don't know.

And I can't take her.

I have this stupid

early faculty meeting.


-I'm up! I'm up!

Wake up!

Wake up. Wake up.

M m-hmm.

We gotta go, darling.

Everyone is gonna be there.

I already told Brian I could go,

and if I back out now,

he's gonna think I'm a chicken.

Good morning.

You know how hard it is

to get a reservation at Claire's

this time of year.

-Hey! I slept just fine.

-I thought you'd be thrilled.

Thank you, thank you.

But you never said you made plans.

It was supposed to be a surprise.

-Hey, who cleaned up?

-But. . . .

-I did. But that is not the point.


The point is, I never said

that you could go away

for the weekend either.

-You're crazy. I would have helped.

-Dave did.

Is that true?

Somebody was supposed to tell you.

Well, I forgot!

Well, you're not going,

and that's that.

Great! Thanks a lot!

But if you think I'm going

to Claire's with you instead,

think again!

She has to be in school

in seven seconds. You gotta go.


Can I help you?

I was just. . . .

What are you doing here?

Well, I can. . .

ask you that question.

Nobody's supposed to be here

this time of night.

So what are you still doing here?

Aren't you in my music theory class?

I just. . . I can't. . . get it right.

Nothing I play sounds adequate,

not a single note I play.

Well, it's not your notes

that are wrong.

But you need to slow down.

Try to. . . pay more attention

to what happens

in between the notes.

Try to hold on to time.

What do you mean?

Suspension. Silence.

That's where you'II find

what you're looking for.

In the distance between things.

And you really shouldn't be

smoking in here.

Let me know when you want to go.

I'll let you out.

No need to climb out the window.

l don't see it coming.

But l can feel it.

lt's there.

Hey, Helen.

Hi, Donna.

So you think they'll read your brief,

withdraw the suit,

and send us a written apology?

Or a fruit basket.

Oh! Helen's here.

Hey, love.

Thank God you're here.

You gotta save me from this man.

He thinks he's invincibIe.

What are you doing here? Huh?

Well. . . actually, I was nowhere

near this neighborhood,

and l just thought

I'd stop by and say hi.

But you are so busy.

I'm sorry,

I should have called first.

No, no, no, it's perfect. We're gonna

go to Iunch in a few minutes.

-Why don't you come with us?


No, thanks. I'm not hungry.

You don't have to eat.

Just join us.

You know, I --

l reaIIy shouId go home

and get out of these clothes.

You sure?

Yeah. AbsoIuteIy.

I just wanted to stop by and say hi.

-I'll see you later.

-AII right.

-See you, Suz.

-Take care, honey.

Hello, everyone.

After I've returned your essays,

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Sandra Nettelbeck

Sandra Nettelbeck (born 4 April 1966) is a German film director and screenwriter, best known for her film Mostly Martha (2001). more…

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