Zurich

In this old-fashioned tearjerker, a young German woman dying from cystic fibrosis travels to the title city, where she intends to end her life on her 23rd birthday. Writer Barbara Te Kok and director Frederik Steiner show sensitivity and restraint in their handling of potentially mawkish material, as does the fine ensemble cast. Though this takes place over just a few days, it creates a vivid impression of the heroine’s entire life; the concise dialogue conveys years of experience, and Liv Lisa Fries (a 24-year-old who’s appeared on German TV since her teens) gives a thoughtful and precise lead performance. In German with subtitles.