For the Last Time

One year after Lisa finally got her alcoholism under control thanks to Theo's help, she wants to share one last glass with him. Is their love strong enough to hold her back from remission?

“For The Last Time” is a poignant short film that explores the complexities of love, addiction, and the challenges of maintaining sobriety. The story revolves around Lisa, a woman who has battled alcoholism and successfully managed to control her addiction with the support of Theo, her loving partner.
Set one year after Lisa's triumph over her alcoholism, she finds herself longing for the taste of alcohol “one last time”, to celebrate achieving a massive step in her recovery, a new job offer. Lisa’s newly found strength leaves her convinced that she can handle one last glass, while Theo recognises the danger it poses to her sobriety. He is deeply concerned for her well-being and painfully remembers the troubles they have both been through. Eventually, Theo puts her in front of the decision: Will it be their relationship or the alcohol? This is a turning point for the relationship: How strong is their love and can it shield Lisa from relapsing? For Lisa, this is simply proof that Theo does not have faith in her. She no longer wants to be monitored by a man who thinks she cannot control herself and who judges her for past mistakes. She decides to put herself first and prove him wrong, with fatal consequences.
Ultimately, “For The Last Time" serves as a powerful exploration of the complexities of addiction and the power of love in the face of temptation. The film raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of addiction, the struggles of maintaining sobriety, and the role that love and support play in the journey to recovery. It leaves the audience contemplating the true strength of their own relationships and the potential consequences of seemingly innocent desires.

  • Robert Kowalewski
  • Anna Isabel Campos Lamers
  • Isabel Lamers
    Key Cast
    Club Zero, Tàr, Funeral for a Dog
  • Vitali Huk
    Key Cast
  • Anna Isabel Campos Lamers
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ein Letztes Mal
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    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 EUR
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    HD 3840 / 2160 / 25 images
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Director - Robert Kowalewski
Director Statement

10 million people in Germany alone consume alcohol in ways that are dangerous to their health. Lisa is one of them. With Theo's help, she manages to get her addiction under control. Is a person safe after one year of abstinence? Are they able to drink a glass of wine and still stay sober afterwards? These and other questions have accompanied me in the realisation of the short film and eventually led to the creation of this loving and heartfelt story.