"I'm standing in the bathroom looking at my reflection. It is distorted by the cracks in the glass and I have to concentrate on putting the pieces together like a puzzle in my head. I look at myself. Not the mutant mirror image, but the assembled, real puzzle ego. "Well done", I repeat and try to look into my eyes as if there was a real person standing behind the mirror who should be praised."
Looking into the mirror after the last match reveals a stricken life that threatens to fall apart once and for all. The foundation was never particularly stable: there was no real family in Heiko's life. The mother leaves the children with the alcoholic father. Heiko has nothing more to say to him and even the women in his life, his sister Manuela and his ex-girlfriend Yvonne, lacked words. They are in his head, but cannot get out.
Very present are Poborsky and Bigfoot, two fighting dogs and the vulture Siegfried. Heiko takes care of them and uncle Axel, patriarch of the hooligan scene, takes care of Heiko. But above all there are the youth friends: Kai, Ulf, Jojo. Except the one who is missing. Together with his blood brothers, he makes it through for everything he cares about: Hannover 96, the Hools, their myth and the third half after the game. With irrepressible, toxic anger, Heiko leads an increasingly lonely fight as his substitute family grows up and chooses other paths.
Adrian Figueroa shifts the drama into a claustrophobic headspace and splits up the main character: Four adult players and four children tell how Heiko became who he is. How tunnel vision sets in and anger becomes the engine to hold on to something that has long been lost.
Many thanks to Judith Hofmann for recording the role of Manuela.
1 December 2018, Box
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