Back for Good

Three women, one family: Monika the mother, Angie the older sister and Kiki the baby of the family. Angie is a reality-TV star who is doggedly clinging onto her fading career. Fresh out of rehab, she suddenly finds herself without any money, friends or a place to live and is condemned to returning to her mother in her hated dump of a hometown. Angie's teenage sister Kiki is also finding life tough-going. Due to her epilepsy, her mother Monika insists that she wears a freaky protective helmet. The consequence: Kiki is ostracised and bullied, her life has long since become the hell from which her mother is trying to protect her. As Angie takes up residence on the air mattress beside Kiki's bed, she appears to be the perfect adviser to help Kiki struggle out of her social isolation and the two grow closer.
What at first appears to be a catastrophe actually becomes a chance for all three women to change. Back for Good is a bittersweet ode to humanity – quietly hummed whilst an auto-tuned pop song blares out of the radio.
by Mia Spengler
with Kim Riedle, Juliane Köhler, Leonie Wesselow, Nicki von Tempelhoff, Emma Drogunova, Hanife Sylejmani, Anna Oussankina, Lena Thom, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Ulrike Krumbiegel
Germany 2017 German 91’ Colour


  • Kim Riedle (Angie)
  • Juliane Köhler (Monika)
  • Leonie Wesselow (Kiki)
  • Nicki von Tempelhoff (Drew)
  • Emma Drogunova (Coco Cain)
  • Hanife Sylejmani (Sanny)
  • Anna Oussankina (Ginny)
  • Lena Thom (Ivy)
  • Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey (TV-Micha)
  • Ulrike Krumbiegel (Yvette)


Director Mia Spengler
Screenplay Stefanie Schmitz, Mia Spengler
Cinematography Falko Lachmund
Editing Linda Bosch, Gregory Schuchmann
Music Marc Fragstein
Sound Design Laura Schnaufer, Steffen Flach
Sound Julian Aichholz
Production Design Uli Friedrichs
Costumes Tina Eckhoff
Make-Up Anna Katharina Michel
Casting Lisa Stutzky
Assistant Director Inken Jansen
Production Management Janine Hahmann, Monika Kintner
Producers Rüdiger Heinze, Stefan Sporbert
Producer Rebecca Schröder, Bianca Laschalt
Co-Production SWR Baden-Baden
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Ludwigsburg

Mia Spengler

Born in Munich, Germany in 1986, after completing school in Hamburg she spent two years in Beijing where she founded the band MIYA. After several jobs in film production in Shanghai, she returned to Germany in 2008 and became PA for Hans Weingartner in Berlin. In 2009 she began studying directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg where she directed a number of award-winning short films including Nicht den Boden berühren (Don't Hit the Ground) with which she won the Torino Award at the San Sebastián Film Festival. In 2016 she completed her studies with her graduation film and debut feature Back for Good.


2009 Dazwischen; short film 2010 Das Ritual; short film 2012 Heimweg; short film · 2 Know U; music video 2013 Nicht den Boden berühren (Don’t hit the ground); short film 2015 Trennungstraining; comedy series pilot 2017 Back for Good

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018