Sven Taddicken has already proven his skills when it comes to film adaptations when, in 2006, he directed "Emmas Glück" ("Emma's Bliss") to great success. For his most recent project, he made A.L. Kennedy's novel "Gleißendes Glück" ("Original Bliss") into a movie. Much like the former film about the love between an unconventional hog farmer and a terminally ill car salesman, the latter also features a love story that involves an unequal couple. Taddicken finds just the right images to relate the subtle as well as the obvious tensions in the relationship of a self-help guru addicted to pornography with an abused wife who has lost her faith in God. "Gleißendes Glück", winner of the FIPRESCI award at the IFF Karlovy Vary, is propelled by the magnificent performances of leads Martina Gedeck and Ulrich Tukur who play alongside each other in a big screen production for the first time. Against the backdrop of a story full of dark themes touching on positions of power, dependencies and violence, they excel in creating these elusive moments that let us experience love as "original bliss".