© Hannes Hubach


Religion teacher Ulrike (Silke Bodenbender) takes her kids to her mom’s house (Hedi Kriegeskotte), who collapses shortly afterwards caused by a ruptured aneurysm. She falls into a coma and has to be connected to life-support machines. Ulrike ‘s less conventional sister, the single Astrophysicist Sandra (Anneke Kim Sarnau) arrives at the hospital, too. Soon Sandra realizes that her mother will never wake up again. Ulrike is the delegated health care proxy, but there is no living will defining what her mother wanted in this situation. The attitude towards what to do next couldn’t be more different between the sisters. Sandra pleads to shut off the life-support machines to prevent her beloved mother from further sufferings. Ulrike, however, doesn’t want to meddle in God’s actions and would consider it murder to unplug her mother from the machines. Despite being on the verge of a big career move, Sandra moves into her old childhood house to get answers. She questions friends and her mother ‘s family doctor on what they think her mother would have wanted. Cautiously, the two sisters struggle to come to a decision and finally find a painful mutual consent to let her go, but then, they encounter institutional resistance.


Commissioning Editors
Karina Ulitzsch (ZDF)
Günther van Endert (ZDF)

Christiane Balthasar

Britta Stöckle

Anneke Kim Sarnau, Silke Bodenbender, Hedi Kriegeskotte, Christian Erdmann a.a.

Broadcast ZDF: 25.10.2021
4.45 million viewers, 15.7 % share
14-49 key demos: 0.45 million, 6.2 % share