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,  Subtitles: English 90’ Colour Rating R16


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


DirectorStina Werenfels
Written byBoris Treyer, Stina Werenfels
CinematographyLukas Strebel
EditingJann Anderegg
MusicPeter Scherer
Sound DesignPeter Bräker
SoundUwe Haussig
Production DesignBeattrice Schultz
CostumesGitti Fuchs
Make-Uplilli Müller
Assistant DirectorFranca Drewes
CastingBritt Beyer, Nina Haun, Susan Müller, Tanja Schuh
ProducersKarin Koch, Samir
Executive ProducerDorissa Berninger
Line ProducerSereina Gabathuler
Co-ProducersStina Warenfels, Nicole Gerhards
Co-ProductionAleppo Films, Zürich
Niko Film, Berlin

Produced by

Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion

Zürich, Switzerland

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Followed by a conversation between Jenny Schily and Bayan Layla.


Perspektive Match 1 – Acting

Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern | Jenny Schily in Conversation with Bayan Layla

Mon Feb 20 13:30

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

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