1983, realization: Margrit Bürer and Heinz Nigg, 42 mins, U-matic low band, color, 13 mins (excerpts), original to be ordered through www.av-produktionen.ch
A bus driver, a roof tiler and stove setter, a municipal administration employee, a PTT clerk, and a train engine driver are about to be retired soon. They talk about their ideas for the future, their hopes. How life as a pensioner could actually look like is shown in four film scenes: Longing for work life, looking for a fulfilling pastime, changes in the dynamics of married life.
Film scene between wife (W) and husband (H)
W What are you doing there with two colanders?
H As you can see: I’m cutting up apples. To make applesauce
W So many dishes for a little bit of applesauce?
H Don’t let that be your concern, just let me do this. I have a system: Peeling the apples, putting them in this bowl, cutting them up and putting them in that one. You’ll see. And I’ll clean the colanders myself.
W That’s fine then.
H Don’t worry.
W Can I start cooking anyway?
H Yes, of course, if you have enough space.
W Yes, that’s fine.
H I could also sit on the other side of the table. What are you making?
W Oat patties.
H That’s nice. We haven’t had those in a long while. They’re tasty, healthy, and even inexpensive. Can you reach the cupboard behind me?
W Well, where could the Aromat (powdered seasoning) be?
H How am I supposed to know, I’m not the chef of this kitchen! You should know where the stuff is.
W But you made the salad dressing yesterday.
W Yes, you.
H That’s true. Where did I put it again? Have a look in there (W has a look in the kitchen cupboard). Ah, you see!
W The Aromat has always been up there. That’s what I’m used to!
H Now, no need to throw a fit about that. You found the Aromat, haven’t you.
The married couple at dinner
W You know what? I’ll take up carpet weaving again now that I have less work in the kitchen.
H That’s fine by me, go ahead. I’ll be going out then: Playing cards or some other hokum.
W No, I mean if you were helping with the cooking.
H Ah, I see. Well, I’m already in the kitchen.
W I see.
H But you’ll need to stay outside then!
W I’m sure whatever you cook will be edible (both laugh).
H I would hope so. Just don’t be too picky.
W No sugar in the salad, please!
H I won’t put sugar into the salad bowl, just on my own plate.
W We’ll be able to agree then. Would you like some more salad?
H Yes, please.