Synopsis: Vienna, 1995. Jasmin, Tamara, Valentin, Senad and Roman live near the northern border of Austria. Their lives repeatedly intersect and drift apart. The characters involved are young migrants from the former Yugoslavia, Romania, Poland and Austria itself. Strangers in a strange land, they feel a sense of loss in their new, temporary environment. The five-some meet and get close to each other, hopelessly clinging to friendships and relationships with no future. They frequent cafés and train stations dreaming of a better tomorrow. Often, they just fall back on the prospect of short-term affection in yet another doomed romantic or sexual encounter. Trying hard to suppress the memories of war and alienation, they try to find moral strength and warmth through one another.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Barbara Albert
Production: Fama Film
  8 wins & 7 nominations.
103 min

When I'm grown up I wanna

be a trapeze artist.

When I'm grown up I wanna

have lots of children.


When I'm grown up...

I wanna be a nurse.


When I'm grown up I wanna be an

astronaut and explore planets.

Land of hammers,

with a rich future,

You are the home of great sons,

a nation blessed by its

sense of beauty,

highly praised Austria.

Can you show me how to do

Rubik's cube? Please Tamara.


It's just the blood pressure...

If you really want war,

go and have war.

She doesn't need her baby now.

Are you completely...?

You have to think, darling, think.

Or we won't get along.

And when the doctor comes,

have the infusion ready.

Do you get me?

Or else all hell will break

loose on the ward.

I'm going home Saturday and you,

you can go to war.

The withdrawal of Serb troops

from Bosnia-Herzegovina...

started yesterday under the

supervision of UN peace forces IFOR.

Only sporadic gunfire was reported

from the front lines,

where two soldiers of the Muslim-

Bosnian army were killed today.

Vienna. On the occasion of the 40th

anniversary of the 2nd Republic...

Ren, where are you, hurry up!

Over there,

the soldiers are coming soon.

Come here.

Draken will be here, too.

You know, planes,

very fast and loud,

up there, look, any minute.

Our army,

we need you!


Hi! How's it going?

Stop that!

So, are you coming?

We're going for a drink.

I wanna see the tanks!

I must leave you here.

You continue,

but not together.

It's not far.


that's Austria.

Over there.


Where's your visa?

Unfortunately it expired

two days ago.


Any luck?

- Oh, hello!

What's the time?

Another five hours.

I can't make it!

My head is killing me.

You don't look so good.

Thanks a lot!

Hold on tight.

You're carefuI, right?

Yeah, sure.

Not bad.

But watch this.

Exactly right - two times,

32 seconds, great.

How are you?

Good, thank you dear.

I brought you cigarettes.

Do you want something to eat?

Take something from the blue bowI.

You have to heat it up.

I wanna drive too.

- OK, come here.

Don't, stop it.

Ren, stop it, hear me?

No, leave me alone,

I don't want any more.

What's it?

I like you.


Where have you been?

Where have you been all night?

None of your f***ing business.

Don't talk to me like that!

Don't talk to me like that!

What you look like!

Look at you!

Where have you been?

Give it to me!

Look at me!

Why is your backpack so dirty?

Your new backpack?

Where did you put it?

- Will you shut up!

I'd like to sleep in just once.

Where have you been?

It won't happen again.

But I was...

- Shut up!


Nicole won't leave me alone.

She keeps taking my schooI bag.

Leave Thomas alone.

- None of your f***ing business!


How's business, ladies?

Everything's fine.

New haircut?

Like it, ladies?

Any speciaI plans for tonight?

Well, have a nice day, ladies!

Mom, it's me, Tamara.

Alexander, come here.

How are you? How's Alexander?

Hey sis, how are you?

Did you get my parcel?

No, but don't worry.

And you're alright?

Everything's fine.

How's Alexander?

It's cold here.

Soon there will be snow.

Dad recovered from the flu.

Branko has finally returned.

Hey, how are you?

Is Mom still there?

I need to talk to you.

I've had a test done today...



- What's wrong?

Can I have one?

I'm pregnant.

It's for sure.


Can't you take the pill

like everyone else?

Is that all you can say?

- Like what?



I don't have any clean ones left.

Just for now.

Come on.

I'm on night duty.

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Barbara Albert

Barbara Albert (born 1970 in Vienna) is an Austrian writer, film-producer and film-director. She studied filmmaking at the Wiener Filmakademie. Her first film to become known to a larger audience was Nordrand, which describes the reality of life of Yugoslavian children in Vienna. She heads the production company Coop 99 with Jessica Hausner and Antonin Svoboda, among others. more…

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