A middle-aged man and his wife find their leisurely vacation uncomfortably compromised by the appearance of a former classmate and his notably young girlfriend.
For the past twelve years, Helmut Halm (Ulrich Noethen) and his wife Sabine Halm (Katja Riemann) have spent their holidays at Lake Constance. As the lazy days of summer roll by, Helmut bird-watches and Sabine swims. At night they dine together, eventually retiring to bed with a good book and the promise of another relaxing day on the lake.
But this year, Helmut has a chance meeting with his former classmate Klaus Buch (Ulrich Tukur). That would be all well and good if Helmut and Klaus were simply able to reminisce about their childhoods together — but Klaus is never far from his enchanting young girlfriend Hel (Petra Schmidt-Schaller). Over the course the next few days, Klaus finds every excuse possible to stop by and pay his old friend a visit.
Helmut cannot help but be annoyed by the obvious comparisons as the two couples spend time together. When the mismatched quartet sets out on a sailing trip, a sudden squall blows away the thin veneer of amicability, prompting everyone aboard to reveal their true feelings.
|Cast||Ulrich Noethen, Katja Riemann, Ulrich Tukur, Petra Schmidt-Schaller|
|Novel||»Runaway Horse« by Martin Walser|
|Writers||Ralf Hertwig, Kathrin Richter|
|Director of Photography||Klaus Eichhammer|
|Production Design||Renate Schmaderer|
(Executive Producer: ZDF)
Herbert G. Kloiber
Rikolt von Gagern (Producer)