Helmut Berger, My Mother and I

Helmut Berger, meine Mutter und ich

2019 / Germany / documentary

Director: Valesca Peters
German, English, French, with English and Lithuanian subtitles, 82 min

“Whatever happened to Helmut Berger?” wonders Bettina Vorndamme, the mother of the director of the film. The search results are shocking: scandalising performances, an appearance on a reality show, alcoholism! The actor, once “the most beautiful man” seems but a shadow of his former self. The woman decides to put an end to his slow demise: she contacts Berger and shortly thereafter, he is actually seated on her sofa. A close friendship develops between the odd couple – with plenty of highs and lows.