The film director’s 60-year-old father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women her own age. Is this love, asks his daughter, or more of a “business”? A light-hearted and personal film.

When her almost retired father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women Carolin’s age, his daughter is understandably embarrassed. But things are getting serious: Dieter has been in a stable relationship with Tukta for three years now. Every morning, the lonely amateur farmer is woken by an early-morning call from his girlfriend. The wedding is looming. Is this love, as Dieter believes? Or is it more of a “business”, which is how his film-director daughter Carolin sees the relationship? In the film, she musters up the courage to examine not only her father’s unfulfilled desires and fears of being lonely in old age but also her own ambivalent feelings. Both are strong characters, as reflected in an early scene when the two of them tug at a sheet while folding laundry. But the relationship they share in the provincial Germany is put to the test in Thailand. Carolin suddenly finds herself a member of a new family, while Dieter is confronted with an entirely different concept of love.

Feature Documentary / Society
Film by Carolin Genreith
Length 90’/52′ HD
Co-Production CORSO Film- und Fernsehproduktion with WDR, with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderungsanstalt, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein 2016
Original Title Happy

Festivals & Awards (Selection)

DOK Leipzig, Germany 2016
Duisburger Filmwoche, Audience Award, Germany 2016
Dokfest Kassel, Germany 2016
DocPoint Helsinki, Finland 2017
CineDoc Tbilisi, Georgia 2017
Berlin and Beyond San Francisco, USA 2017
Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, Russian Federation 2017