You grow with your tasks – that’s what Lauren (Anja Knauer) thinks when she takes in her brother Anthony (Lucas Reiber) …
When Lauren Cahill unexpectedly has to move her brother Anthony into her mini-apartment in Boston, two worlds collide: The order fanatic with Asperger’s syndrome and his lovable, rather chaotic sister have very different ideas about living together. Will Lauren, a bon vivant, be able to help him lead a fulfilled life? With a lot of heart, Lauren finds a way. Through a journey into their shared past, she makes peace with her family history. Lauren keeps her head above water with odd jobs as a photographer at weddings and children’s birthday parties, but secretly dreams of being exhibited in the big galleries. When Lauren’s father dies, her life changes abruptly: From now on, she has to put her autistic brother Anthony up in her small apartment, because Lauren cannot afford the home where he has been cared for until now.
Living together puts the siblings to the test. The chaotic Lauren completely upsets Anthony, who loves nothing so much as routine, rituals and stacks of magazines aligned at a 90° angle. Anthony, on the other hand, trudges from one flaw into the next with his attempts to bring order into Lauren’s life. Because Anthony can’t be left alone for a minute, Lauren is soon overwhelmed. Even her big dream – to win the competition of the renowned photographer Jacob Abrahams (Peter Sattmann) – threatens to shatter. But when Anthony simply disappears into the Boston street maze after an argument, she is suddenly plagued by completely different worries. Fortunately, her café owner Stephen (Bernd-Christian Althoff) helps her search for her brother. Inspired by Anthony’s special view of the world, new perspectives also open up for Lauren professionally.
For the 31st film in the ZDF Heart Cinema series from New England, with locations around Boston, Anja Knauer and Lucas Reiber were in front of the camera together with Bernd-Christian Althoff, Peter Sattmann, Tara Marie Linke, Tyron Ricketts and many others. Katie Fforde: Bruderherz” is produced on behalf of ZDF by Network Movie Hamburg, producers: Jutta Lieck-Klenke and Sabine Jaspers. The screenplay was written by Arndt Stüwe and directed by Sebastian Grobler. Verena von Heereman is the responsible editor at ZDF.