Cinematography: Robert Oberreiner


Director Ulrike Kofler tried to depict the crisis of a couple who cannot have children in her debut feature What we wanted (original title: Was wir wollten), based on the short story Der Lauf der Dinge by Peter Stamm, distributed by Netflix and presented by Austria at the Oscars 2021 as a candidate for Best Foreign Language Film.


Once were Rebels immediately presents itself as an ambivalent feature film. If, on the one hand, comedy and paradox reign for almost the entire running time of the film, on the other hand, it soon becomes an analysis of love and family relationships, as well as of the living conditions of some refugees from Russia, who are wanted solely for having tried to defend their freedom.