A village in the woods. Everybody knows everybody else; everybody knows everything about the others. The town is far away. The locals are all by themselves. Trix Brunner, a single mother who moved to the village years ago, accuses a PE teacher of sexually molesting her daughter. The whole village is outraged at the mother for making such a claim. After all, the accused is a former national champion. In the 70s, the now elderly PE teacher Armin was a national champion in high diving’one of the few great moments in the village’s history. Armin’s trophies in the local bar’s display case are like a shrine to the villagers. Newcomers are tolerated as long as they are discrete and keep out of other people’s business. Otherwise, they are scorned, like feisty Trix Brunner. Punishment is isolation, and anyone who knows about life in small villages knows that this form of retribution is much worse than it is in the city. But Trix Brunner hasn’t cut off all contacts to the city.
The Swiss director and writer Urs Odermatt was born in 1955 in Stans in the canton of Nidwalden and has been working in film, TV and theatre since 1983. He studied directing, screenwriting, and dramaturgy under the Polish masters Krzysztof Kieślowski and Edward Żebrowski. In 1989, he founded Nordwest Film AG together with the director of photography Rainer Klausmann.