Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern

Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents
When her mother decides to stop administering sedative psychopharmaceuticals to her mentally disabled daughter, 18-year-old Dora awakens, as if from a deep sleep. Dora discovers her body, her sensuality and, eventually, sex. Her sudden unbridled lust for life shocks her parents. When Dora gets involved with a man she meets at her job on a market, her furious mother deems the relationship to be abusive and forbids her daughter from seeing her lover. But then events take a momentous turn, and everyone has to rethink not just their relationships but also such issues as self-determination, trust and jealousy.
Courageous, necessary and subtle, Stina Werenfels’ adaptation of Lukas Bärfuss’ stage play is a fearless drama about letting go. The tender, subjective shots that capture the beauty of the world as Dora sees it are as much a part of it as the portrait of a desperate mother struggling with life’s pitfalls and experiencing her own body anew. Jenny Schily plays this mother with moving sensitivity.
by Stina Werenfels
with Jenny Schily, Victoria Schulz, Lars Eidinger, Urs Jucker
Germany / Switzerland 2015 German 90’ Colour Rating R16


  • Jenny Schily (Kristin)
  • Victoria Schulz (Dora)
  • Lars Eidinger (Peter)
  • Urs Jucker (Felix)


Director Stina Werenfels
Written by Boris Treyer, Stina Werenfels
Cinematography Lukas Strebel
Editing Jann Anderegg
Music Peter Scherer
Sound Design Peter Bräker
Sound Uwe Haussig
Production Design Beattrice Schultz
Costumes Gitti Fuchs
Make-Up lilli Müller
Assistant Director Franca Drewes
Casting Britt Beyer, Nina Haun, Susan Müller, Tanja Schuh
Producers Karin Koch, Samir
Executive Producer Dorissa Berninger
Line Producer Sereina Gabathuler
Co-Producers Stina Warenfels, Nicole Gerhards
Co-Production Aleppo Films Zürich
Niko Film Berlin