Second Thoughts – First
German title: Mein Wenn und Aber
2021, 93 minutes - part III
May 07, 2022 | DOK.fest | Munich (Germany)
May 07 & 13, 2022 | Munic (Germany)
KINO WIE NOCH NIE
July 15 & 16, 2022 | Augarten Open Air | Vienna (Austria)
FÜNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL
September 03 & 04, 2022 | Starnberg (Germany)
Theatrical Release in Austria
Friday, December 30, 2022
ABOUT THE FILM
To realise your dream, you need to know what you want.
Work and Love – how do they go together? And on top of that, having a child? 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 tetralogy in which Marko Doringer examines the realities of a generation in times of uncertainty. Ironic and analytical at the same time, this film is a feature documentary, a long-term research project turning at times into couples’ therapy – with wit and courage leading to astonishing self-realization.
It’s now or never for a child, says Marlene, the partner of filmmaker Marko Doringer. This remark triggers many emotions in Marko, none of them positive. His job is anything but secure. He can’t even think about decent retirement. And on top of that, having a child? When, out of the blue, a protagonist calls to tell him she will drop out of his current project, Marko is on the verge of giving it all up. But who would he be without his profession? For despite his love-hate relationship with his work, it is and remains his identity. Is it even possible to have both – fulfilling work and a happy relationship?
Marko visits friends, colleagues and his parents to find out how they deal with the fragile fabric of partnership, family and work. His generation is torn apart: On the one hand, they love their work. On the other hand, they fear not being able to do justice to their partners or children. Above all, they desperately want to avoid repeating the failings of their parents. Is there a magic formula for having a successful and happy life?
Wolfram wants to build a career and at the same time starts a long-distance relationship with Eva. Does he have to choose between work and love? Shaheen works on projects all over the world, while Rukhsana stays in Germany, sorely missing him. Can things work out between them when their relationship always comes second? Catalina and Paul have a daughter, with a second child on the way. Will they be able to balance work and family? Meanwhile, Marko’s parents are enjoying their comfortable pension. Apparently they have done everything right in their lives.
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 third instalment of Doringer’s Austrian cult series: SECOND THOUGHTS –FIRST is a bitter-sweet film about the challenges of balancing work and love.
Mein Wenn und Aber
May 07, 2022 | DOK.fest Music | Germany
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
Find audience feedback here:
“Outstanding! A stroke of genius.”
COMMENT / IN THEATRE
“Thank you for this moving, outstanding film!”
“A really beautiful and enjoyable film!”
“We liked it a lot, what a terrific film!”
DOK.fest Munich ´22
Kino wie noch nie ´22
Fünf Seen Film Festival ´22
Find media reviews here:
MARGRET KÖHLER/ AZ MÜNCHEN
“Highly recommended! This film is radically subjective, tragicomic, and sometimes almost painfully honest.”
SABINA ZEITHAMMER/ FALTER
“The eagerly awaited third part of Marko Doringer’s film diary, which also takes a closer look at the big questions and the emotional make-up of an entire generation.”
FLORIAN WIDEGGER/ FILMARCHIV
“With typical Austrian humour.”
KATJA KRAFT/ MÜNCHNER MERKUR
Austrian Film Institute
FISA – Film Industry Support Austria
Government of Lower Austria
Government of Salzburg
project development also supported by:
in cooperation with:
Austrian theatrical release supported by:
Austrian Film Institute
© Filmfabrik Marko Doringer film production
CINEMA TOUR AUSTRIA
all screenings followed by a film discussion with Marko Doringer
Salzburg: DAS KINO
Tue, 27.12.2022, 19.30h
Wed, 28.12.2022, time tba
Freistadt: KINO FREISTADT
Thu, 29.12.2022, 18:00h
Thu, 29.12.2022, 20:00h
St. Pölten: CINEMA PARADISO
Fri, 30.12.2022, 19.30h
Graz: cinema tba
Tue, 10.01.2023, time tba
Klagenfurt: cinema tba
Wed, 11.01.2023, time tba
Villach: cinema tba
Thu, 12.01. 2023, time tba