An uncommon story of love and resilience, eMANcipation tackles its delicate subject (a singular group of men who inhabit a shelter for abused men) with both honesty and sensitivity. The men who share a common bond of domestic abuse include: Dominik (Urs Stapfli), a mathematician; Horst (Hans-Ulrich Laux), an unemployed truck driver; Gregor (Roland Avenard), a novelist; and Lukas (Peer Alexander Hauck), a piano teacher. The women they love (and may also fear) include Angela (Frances Heller), a 23-year-old pregnant housewife; and Belinda (Anna Gorgen), a lawyer. Director Philipp Muller-Dorn (director of the web-series Charlottenburg Cuisine and the feature film Between Your Legs) takes a daring and provocative look inside the world that very few men, out of embarrassment or retaliation, speak of: domestic abuse by their partner. In the dramatic film eMANcipation, Muller-Dorn has opened a door for a conversation that has been long overdue.
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The movie balances both elements of drama and comedy in a sensitive way. What could be at the expense of authenticity works very well in this case. Though one can tell that this is an indie-production, the story really got to me, due to the brilliantly written screenplay.
Highlights are the whimsy characters like Holger, the unbelievably annoying (yet so funny to watch) supervisor of the “Männerhaus”, abused Dominik seeks shelter in.
eMANcipation is a movie definitely worth watching!