Phillip lives with his mother and his eight-year-old sister in middle-class condtions. The ﬁlm begins when he returns home after a week in which he disappeared without a trace. The mother and his teachers can only guess what he was looking for, being at the mercy of nature or an approach to death, triggered by the death of his father. The ﬁrst weeks after his return are narrated, in which the normality of daily life, which stumbles back into action, stands in stark contrast to the proximity of death to which Phillip has gone. His mother fails at the necessity of accepting that her son is leading a life of his own which she can only inﬂuence to a limited extent. After she believed that she at least no longer had to worry about his physical integrity, Phillip goes to the hospital with blood poisoning. The mother loses her nerves between renewed concern for the child, fears of failure and feelings of guilt. But the children do not turn away. The structure of the family disintegrates in order to form itself anew.
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