Second Thoughts – First
German title: Mein Wenn und Aber
2021, 93 minutes - part III
KINO WIE NOCH NIE
Open Air Cinema at Augarten | Vienna
July 15, 2022, 21:30h:
Open Air Cinema at Augarten
→ in the presence of Marko Doringer
July 16, 2022, 19:30h:
at Metro Kinokulturhaus
May 07, 2022 | DOK.fest | Munich
FÜNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL
August 24 – September 04, 2022
Details coming soon!
Theatrical Release in Austria
Friday, December 30, 2022
ABOUT THE FILM
To live your dream, you need to know what you want.
How do you balance a relationship and a career? And with a child on the way, things get even trickier. In SECOND THOUGHTS FIRST, Marko Doringer uses humour and curiosity to explore the daily struggle for success, love and happiness.
Following HALF THE TIME OF MY LIFE and GLOBALLY YOURS, SECOND THOUGHTS FIRST is the third part of a trilogy where Marko Doringer examines the realities of a generation in crisis that is looking for love and happiness. Ironic and analytical at the same time, this film is a feature documentary, a long-term research project and maybe also couples therapy, with plenty of humour and the courage needed for true self-discovery.
“Let’s make a baby, it’s now or never”, says Marlene, filmmaker Marko Doringer’s girlfriend. But Marko has mixed feelings about it. He doesn’t have a steady job, and no reliable income. A decent pension, later? Forget it! And now he’s supposed to be a father, with all the responsibilities attached? Then, out of the blue, a protagonist calls to tell him she will drop out of his current project. Marko’s first impulse is to quit and give it all up. But who would he be without his work? He may love-hate it, but work defines who he is. How can all of this fit together with a relationship and family?
Marko talks to friends, fellow filmmakers and his parents. He wants to find out how they deal with the balancing act between relationships, family and work. His generation is torn apart: On the one side, they love their work. On the other, they’re afraid they won’t be able to give their partners and children what they need. Add to that the fear of repeating the mistakes of their parents. Does anyone have a recipe for a happy and fulfilling life?
Wolfram wants to build a career and starts a long-distance relationship with Eva at the same time. Does he have to choose between work and love? Shaheen works on projects all over the globe, while Rukhsana stays at home in Germany, missing him. Can things work out between them when the relationship always comes second? Catalina and Paul have a daughter, and a second child is on the way. Will they manage to balance work and family? Marko’s parents, on the other hand, enjoy a comfortable pension. It seems they have made the right choices in life.
With empathy, persistence and humour, filmmaker Marko Doringer takes a close look at the emotional life of a generation struggling to find its way. Following (HALF) THE TIME OF MY LIFE and GLOBALLY YOURS, this is the latest instalment of Doringer’s Austrian cult series: SECOND THOUGHTS FIRST is a bitter-sweet film about relationships, work, love and the daily struggle for happiness.
Mein Wenn und Aber
German, English, Bengali
OmU Deutsch, OwS English
Catalina M. & Paul-Julien R.
Rukhsana & Shaheen D.-R.
Wolfram H. & Eva L.
Etty & Heinz D.
Marlene N., Marko D. & Elsa
writer, director & camera: Marko Doringer
assistant director: Stefan Pircher Verdorfer
script consultant: Andres Veiel
second camera: Joerg Burger
sound: Tong Zhang a.o.
editing: Daniel Flax, Marko Doringer
music: Elsa Tootsie & the Mini Band,
. Les Hommes Sauvages
sound design: Veronika Hlawatsch
score mix: Nico Berthold
studio for score mix: Victoria Studios
re-recording mix: Bernhard Maisch
studio re-recording mix: Tremens
color grading: Klaus Pamminger
title design: Mieke Ulfig
social media: Mirela Jasic
website: Gerhard Roider | roider.at
commissioning editor: Susanne Spellitz | ORF
producer: Marko Doringer | Filmfabrik
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Fünf Seen Film Festival ´22
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