Director Claudia Engl‘s first fictional work takes place in a German field hospital in 1945. There‘s only one more day to go before the nurse Ilse will be able to start her long-awaited home leave. But then one single event set against the background of the unexpected declaration of an end to hostilities suddenly changes her whole life.
ILSE is a film based on true events experienced by Engl‘s late grandmother and shows how close joy and suffering really are in life. It shows us how important friendship and family are and how life was for women during the war. It is the heroic journey of a strong woman and a story about the survival instinct of our grandmothers.