Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno - a banker - and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences.
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Anna Benz lives in comfort and affluence with her husband and three young children in Dietlikon, a picture-perfect suburb of Zurich. Anna, an American expat, has chosen this life far from home; but despite its tranquility and order, inside she is falling apart. Feeling adrift and unable to connect with her husband or his family; with the fellow expatriates who try to befriend her; or even, increasingly, her own thoughts and emotions, Anna attempts to assert her agency in the only way that makes sense to her.
Wohin geht eine Frau, wenn es keinen Weg zurück gibt? Anna Benz, eine Amerikanerin Ende dreißig, lebt mit ihrem Schweizer Ehemann Bruno und ihren drei kleinen Kindern in einem Postkarten-Vorort Zürichs. Von außen betrachtet führt sie ein komfortables, abgesichertes Leben; im Inneren bricht sie auseinander.