Adam and Esra
loosely based on Maxim Biller’s novel Esra
"I never wanted to be reminded of Esra and me and our story. It cost me four years of my life, and that was quite enough." Adam and Esra are history. They’ve split up, this time for good. What's left: their story, written by Adam. He's a Jewish writer who came to Germany from Prague as a child. Adam loved Esra. Esra worked in an office, had a child from a failed marriage and was also a newcomer to Germany. Esra loved Adam. They were often happy together, but it kept falling apart. Adam blames the others: Esra's mother Lale; Esra’s ex-husband; her daughter; and of course Esra herself, who was never wholly committed to him. That's how Adam sees it, but what would Esra say? Adam and Esra is the story of a failed love affair. It was non-committal and inconstant, yet full of desire and symptomatic of our time. Why are we so in love with love? Do we love it more than the person themselves? What is reality and what is projection?
January 23, 2010