a film by Sonja Wyss
Farewell Paradise: Memories of a broken family
Four sisters and their mother suddenly have to leave their paradise-like family life in the free and prosperous Bahamas of the 1960s, to end up in frugal and narrow-minded Switzerland. What happened exactly? And how do they process all this? Each of the sisters appears to have a very own version of events and deals with them very differently. As in an exciting detective, the life story of this family is gradually unravelled.
Imagine being born in paradise. In a happy family with four girls in the Bahamas in the 60s. In the middle of the full, free prosperity of the American way of life. Then, all of a sudden, you, your mother and sisters end up in the cold, narrow-minded, regulated Switzerland. It happens so suddenly that you and your sisters are divided among foster families for lack of a house and money. Your parents are separated, it's the middle of winter. The departure from paradise could not have been more dramatic.
What happened here? How will each of the sisters handle this trauma? Do they get families themselves and with what partners? And how the hell is the mother going to survive? The lives of others. And at the same time that of our own.
As a suspenseful detective, the life story of this family is gradually unraveled. Each of the sisters appears to have a very own version of the events, dealing with them very differently. Although they share the same genes and history, they still experience the relationship with their parents and with each other completely different. Sonja Wyss, known for her beautiful feature Winter Silence, tells the life story of her family in a seemingly simple but very ingenious way. So pure and so frank that you are completely fascinated, let yourself be carried away and embrace her family entirely.