As a child, Michael Stock was sexually abused – by his own father. 25 years later he is still looking for inner peace.
In conversations with his family and friends and his own reflections, he paints an ever clearer, if contradictory picture of what happened and of the consequences for each of the family members. Old family films seem to show a happy family – excerpts from Michael’s first feature film hint at his extreme adult life, overshadowed by his lifelong trauma.
Yet in spite of the intense drama, the film doesn’t have an atmosphere of anger and hatred but rather a surprising air of hope and love of life. Michael’s aim is not to accuse the “perpetrator” but to understand.
In the end, he takes his video “Postcard” to his father. With the camera running, he confronts him with his past…
“Michael Stock demonstrates an incredible control of the material. He has no need of the ‘victim bonus’ one might be inclined to concede to him. POSTCARD TO DADDY is masterfully edited and structured. The film asks many questions and leaves the answering to its audience.”
“Stock expected to hear ‘return to sender’ but things came about differently, and you see the father in the very last scene. There is no premeditation behind this ending, and yet the film could not have been structured any better.”
“This is a film that transformed from a life project to a project for survival. Viewers notice that the incredibly dense, packed 86 minutes are invested with twenty years of development. The changeovers from interviews to scenes from Stock’s everyday life just come off so perfectly balanced."
“This is a documentary film that deals with the topic honestly, but sensitively. Stock is not in the least interested in the display of his psychic wounds. He wants closure for the sake of his own and his family’s peace of mind."
“POSTCARD TO DADDY sets a tone that you otherwise do not hear in the usual agitation around this discussion: it is a calm, almost quiet tone. It is a quality that sets this film apart from many works about this topic and that also moves beyond a one-sided stigmatisation of the abuser."