Director: Marcel Gisler

Jaded gay novelist Lorenz returns home to provincial Switzerland to care for his ailing mother (scene-stealing Sibylle Brunner as the titular life force) and learns that matters of the heart are far more unpredictable than his fatalistic books in this gently humorous crowd-pleaser—nominated for six Swiss Film Awards—that deftly disentangles the familial and romantic ties that bind.

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