His personal life could have taken a different course, says Schurback, who followed in the footsteps of his father as a retail salesman. For thirty years he sold umbrellas. Maybe he was too often too “contrapuntual”, as he says. The lone-wolf tradesman sometimes advised the customers against purchase. With considerable eloquence and dotting his story with anecdotes, Schurback tells how he became unemployed, and philosophises about the digitalised and globalised world. At the Job Center the senior citizen undergoes coaching for a menial 1-Euro job. The film finds sober and often sad images to match Schurback’s narrative, showing him in his new warehouse job or in the empty umbrella shop, where he sometimes rides his bicycle in circles. A vicarious tale.
GER 2012, 29’