Original title: Auerhaus
German title: Auerhaus
Autumn 1983, in a small provincial Swabian village with a cemetery, an amusement arcade, a pizzeria and a “madhouse”: Frieder was admitted to this psychiatric clinic after a suicide attempt. Now he is “free” again and moves into his empty family home, the Auerhouse, together with his friends Höppner, Vera and Cäcilia. The four high school graduates want to live an independent, free life there – far away from the constraints imposed by their parents. But from the very beginning, the atmosphere in the Auerhaus is overshadowed by concerns for Frieder, the “clean” suicide attempt survivor. Again and again Frieder emphasises that his friends could not stop him anyway if he really wanted to kill himself. Despite their fears, they live together peacefully in their shared house, where everything is to be done differently, unlike in the narrow-minded province. There are days of high spirits and fun, badminton is played at night and profound discussions are held about the meaning of our existence. Until pyromaniac Pauline and Frieder’s old friend Harry move into the Auerhouse and put the house-sharing community to some stress tests.