Gorgeous cinematography, a bucolic German setting, and director Piotr Lewandowski's lyrical storytelling style make Jonathan a uniquely sumptuous visual experience — and illuminate a tale about family, romantic love, and bittersweet regret. At23 years old, Jonathan and his aunt struggle to keep their family farm afloat while also caring for Jonathan's emotionally distant father, Burghardt, who is dying of cancer. As Burghardt's condition worsens, the family hires Anka, a nurse from a nearby town. While Jonathan and Anka begin to fall in love, a long-absent former friend of Burghardt's arrives, revealing a secret that will dramatically alter both the course of Burghardt's final weeks and Jonathan's understanding of his family.
This atypical story about a later-in-life coming out — and the repairing of a sundered father-son bond — is at times raw and emotional as damaged people confront each other and their own fears and regrets. JONATHAN is a beautiful first feature from a filmmaker of great skill and subtlety, not to be missed!