Favourites: A beautiful and touching film about growing up with no father

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Whether you’re having the best time of your life or going through a rough period, you can always talk to your friends and family. However, no matter how good or bad you feel, there will always be two people who will be there for you no matter what: your parents. But what happens if they’re not? Writer/director Martin Monk (Alpha Girl, Awake) decided to dedicate his latest short film to this and Favourites (original title: Favoriten) turns out to be a moving and hopeful film about growing up without a father.

Sofia (Lia Wilfing), a young girl from Germany, is ready to embark on an exciting trip by hitchhiking. At first, she’s not very lucky as no one wants or can take her on but after a few attempts, she meets Michael (Christian Dolezal), a middle-aged man, who agrees to give her a ride. During their journey, it becomes clear that both come from completely different backgrounds as Sofia comes from a broken home while Michael seems to have a normal and ordinary life. This results in many awkward silences but once they open up to each other, it turns out that Sofia’s trip isn’t for pleasure at all. She’s heading to Italy in the search for her long lost father. Will Michael be able to help find her father or will Sofia’s family be one that can’t be fixed?

After being shortlisted for a BAFTA Student Award, it was time to show Favourites to the entire world and a film like this should be seen on the big screen. The scenes in the film: the car ride, the ordinary setting (a dinner, a highway, etc.) and seeing people just like you and I are elements that give a very personal, human and intimate touch to this movie. Of course, a film about the meeting of two complete strangers, their past and their journey together will need to have two strong leading actors. In Favourites, that’s certainly the case. Both Lia Wilfing, who makes her debut with this film, and Christian Dolezal (CopStories, Woman in Gold) put on incredibly believable, delicate and touching performances.

The film recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Cinéfondation Programme 2 and that must have been an unbelievable feeling for everyone involved in the making of it. Every attention this movie gets is totally well deserved as Favourites is a wonderfully and beautifully film about a touching topic that will be loved by the public for sure.

Favoriten – Trailer from Martin Monk on Vimeo.

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