Emma's luck

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Original title Emma's luck
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2006
length 99 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 14
Director Sven Taddicken
script Ruth Toma ,
Claudia Schreiber
production Hejo Emons, Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel
music Christoph Blaser, Steffen Kahles
camera Daniela Knapp
cut Andreas Wodraschke

Emmas Glück is a film drama from 2006 by director Sven Taddicken with Jördis Triebel and Jürgen Vogel in the leading roles. The film adaptation is based on the novel of the same name by Claudia Schreiber .


While the single young farmer, Emma, ​​is lovingly raising and slaughtering pigs on her remote farm, dark clouds are brewing over the urban used car seller Max: He learns that he is terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and only has a few months to live. At short notice, he decided not to spend the rest of the time working in the dealership, but to have a good time in Mexico. He wants to get the money he needs for this by looting the secret black money deposit in his employer's office for 67,635 euros.

However, Max is caught stealing the black money by his boss Hans, whereupon Max escapes and drives away in a stolen Jaguar. Hans drives after him. Max sees himself in a hopeless situation and tries to kill himself with the car by accelerating strongly and taking his hands off the wheel. The jaguar comes off the road, overturns several times and finally lands next to Emma's farm. Emma, ​​who lives deliberately lonely, finds Max unconscious in the car and carries him into her house. She also finds the black money in the car and secretly takes it; she sets the wreck on fire so that it looks like the money has been burned. The police investigations into the accident and the search for the driver are unsuccessful, also because the young village policeman Henner, who is in love with Emma and repeatedly hopes to win her over, takes her under protection and prefers not to look too closely . Emma needs the money to save her farm, which is threatened by foreclosure. Max finds shelter with Emma out of fear of his boss and the police. A relationship slowly develops between the two.

The love story takes a dramatic turn when Max discovers that Emma is hiding his money from him and that his boss also shows up on the farm. Emma unceremoniously locks Hans in an empty stable. The physical condition of Max is noticeably getting worse and worse. After several mistakes and misunderstandings, Max pays her debts to the bailiff without Emma's knowledge with the money that she had previously given him back. Ultimately, both finally find each other and experience a wonderful night of love. Later, Max collapses due to his illness and is brought to the hospital by Hans, who has now been released from the pigsty by Emma. When Emma wants to visit him late in the evening outside of the allowed times, but cannot get in, she stays with the tractor honking in the parking lot until Max hears her and leaves the hospital to drive her back to the courtyard. Soon afterwards they get married. In the few remaining months, in which Max is getting weaker and weaker - he is tormented by attacks of pain and vomiting - Emma lovingly takes care of her terminally ill husband on her lonely farm. With mutual consent, Emma finally relieves Max from his torments and helps him to die . When killing, she proceeds with a cut in the carotid artery in the same way as with her animals, which she also promises a quick and painless death. She reports the dead Max to the village police officer Henner, who covers her, however, so that no further examinations are made because of an unnatural cause of death.


The film was shot in 2005 in the Oberbergisches Land region . Filming locations were u. a. Gummersbach (Berghausen), Rönsahl , Gimborn near Marienheide , Bergneustadt and Oelinghausen ( Arnsberg ) monastery in the Sauerland .

The film was produced by the desert Film West GmbH and desert film in co-production with the SWR , there in the film series “Debut in the Third”.


“The fable alternates between sensitive-poetic and slapstick-like moments in the style of a comedy farce. However, the central theme of humane euthanasia is never deepened and rather glorified as a chic, kitschy-pathetic 'vision'. "

“Emma's Happiness has become a thoughtful, but at no time whiny film about dying. Sublime and considerate, he allows us as spectators to participate. "

- Marcus Wessel : critic.de - the film site


Jürgen Vogel was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize in 2007 for Best Actor . Actress Jördis Triebel received an Undine Award for her performance in this film in 2006 in the category Best Young Character Actress and the German Film Award in the Actress category at the Munich Film Festival, and in 2007 the Prix ​​d interprétation féminine as best actress at the Festival International du Film d'Action et d'Aventure (L'Aventure Humaine) in Valenciennes . The film was also nominated for the German Film Prize 2007 and was honored with the Gilde Film Prize.

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Individual evidence

  1. Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry (FSK): release certificate, test no. 106 423 K (PDF; 70 kB)
  2. Age rating for Emma's happiness . Youth Media Commission .
  3. Emma's happiness. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  4. Marcus Wessel: Emma's luck. critic.de - the film page, July 5, 2006, accessed on March 9, 2013 .