Berlin-Kreuzberg is Nora’s microcosm. Nora, the silent observer, is always tagging along with her big sister and her friends - at parties, at school, at the pool, on rooftops, and in apartments - witnessing events that seem to cross-fade in the summer light. Girls who want to be slim and pretty, boys who say dumb things to provoke or because they are in love. Ruthless smartphone cameras and fragile teenagers. But Nora has her own way of looking at the world, and when she meets Romy, she realises why. Music is in the air, Nora’s body is changing, and caterpillars are spinning their cocoons. Realistic take from the protagonist’s perspective, this film captures a summer of change.
What the critics say….
“Sweetly poignant in its observations of teen life and shot with an artful eye by writer/director Leonie Krippendorff (Looping), Cocoon offers a dreamy spin on the coming-of-age gay drama, set in Berlin in the summer of 2018. An elegant slow burn depiction of sexual awakening that beautifully captures the moment when adolescence tips into adulthood” - Josh Winning, Radio Times
“…coming-of-age drama…about a young girl discovering her sexuality during the hottest summer on record….(the film) not exactly subtle in its efforts to dramatise what Nora is going through…then again, neither are the feelings teenagers have at this age, so all the transformation symbolism feels appropriate rather than condescending” - Alistair Harkness The Scotsman
“German director Leonie Krippendorff has created a coming-of-age awakening in the 2018 summer of love, with swimming-pool rapture, yearning bedroom reveries and rooftop party scenes…” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian