With a happy marriage and two children, successful lighting designer Luise Iwersen (Ursula Karven) considers herself lucky in life. There was never any question that Stephan (Pasquale Aleardi) would go on a skiing vacation to Titlis in Switzerland once a year with his friends. As Luise explains to her son Johnny (Markus Quentin), love is based on trust. For sports journalist Stephan, the ski vacation with his friends is a break from everyday life. He loves it when the guys goad each other and race down the slopes. Other women interest him little – until he saves the life of stranger Patrizia (Christina Hecke) – who is threatening to plummet down the mountain after a skiing accident – has an accident himself and his own life suddenly hangs by a thread.
Luise is desperate. She immediately flies to him in Lucerne. The fact that she risks her job for this becomes a minor matter. Fortunately, her mother-in-law Viola (Gaby Dohm) takes care of the children. Every day Luise sits by Stephan’s bedside, fearing for his life and becoming increasingly thin-skinned. Even psychologist Jonas (Marcus Mittermeier) can’t help her, no matter how hard he tries.
The miracle happens: Stephan slowly wakes up from his coma. But to her dismay, Luise finds a strange woman at his side, the skier Patrizia; she had escaped with a scare. Luise cannot comprehend what Stephan finally makes her understand: The moment on the glacier, the first and at the same time existential encounter of these two people – that was love at first sight. Stunned, Luise sets out to find out everything she can about the cause of the slope accident.
Despite all efforts to turn back time and save the situation, Luise realizes: she has to find herself, her life and her relationship with Stephan anew. And she must learn to let go of the life she has loved so firmly up to nowâ€¦ In doing so, she does not do without Jonas’ help. Because what is more valuable than a friend who stands by your side in these moments?
Director Judith Kennel is directing “Wer liebt, los lässt” from a screenplay by Christoph Silber and Stephan Schaefer. The film is produced by Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg. Producer is Jutta Lieck-Klenke, producer is Nina Tanneberger. The ZDF editors are Alexander Bickel and Tanja Bares.