Level Up Your Life! 


Evelyn’s life is anything but happy. Her relationship with her husband has gone sour and every day her young, arrogant boss harasses and bullies her.

Things aren’t going any better for the debt-ridden delivery driver Frank. He’s also battling with others’ perpetual contempt. So as to impress his new and clearly more successful acquaintance Angela, he pretends to be an affluent entrepreneur. In an attempt to find a fancy gift for his love interest, he rips open the parcels entrusted to him and inadvertently swaps the contents – instead of the blouse she ordered, Evelyn gets a book about medicinal herbs, which gives her the reckless idea of taking revenge on her unbeloved superior with a home-brewed ‘Runny Tummy Potion’.

A quirky insight into lower-middle class lives, where horror – and hapiness – can lurk behind the surface. A comedy.

90 min - 2018

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“With jet black humour and plenty of slapstick.”


“Without cheap effects these professional and non-professional actors create their own kind of slapstick out of a world in which even cocktails seem bleak. The protagonists and audiences alike often don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

NZZ, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Director’s note

“The starting point for our film was the idea of putting the very serious, emotionally charged taboo around bullying in a comedic context. We were also interested in having a protagonist who finds happiness after committing a morally reprehensible act.

We gave her the support of two other ‘underdogs’ whose fates are wondrously interwoven: unremarkable, chance encounters and seemingly trivial everyday difficulties have far-reaching, irreversible consequences for our protagonists.

Have you ever asked yourself what effects your actions can have on the lives of other people? Even if they happen completely unconsciously or without any ulterior motive?”

“As a spectator you can’t stop being amazed.”


Cast & Crew


with: Sabine Reinhardt, Christoph Jungmann, Jim Libby, Isolde Fischer, Volker Heymann

Stefan Hillebrand, Oliver Paulus - screenplay
Stefan Hillebrand, Oliver Paulus - directors
Stefan Hillebrand, Oliver Paulus - producers
Daniela Knapp, Tom Schneider - director of photography
Ana R. Fernandes, Nela Märki, Torsten Truscheit, Oliver Paulus - editors
Ramón Orza - sound design
Stefan Korte - sound mix
Doc Wenz, Marcel Vaid - music

a Motorfilm - Frischfilm Production

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