Ghosts, literally translated from the original title Gespenster, is a 2005 film directed by Christian Petzold and written by Harun Farocki and Christian Petzold. It stars Julia Hummer as Nina, Sabine Timoteo as Toni, and Marianne Basler as Françoise.
Nina is a teenage orphan living in a group home and starts a new job as a garden cleaner. She is shy, introverted and lives only in the past, which she tries to fabricate in her diary. She meets a young woman living on the street named Toni, who is concerned only with surviving the present moment. Even though they fall in love with each other, Toni soon starts betraying Nina. Then they meet Françoise, a woman who was recently released from a Berlin mental hospital and is now wandering Berlin aimlessly. Françoise is convinced that Nina is her daughter Marie, who was abducted years ago. Nina is not sure what to make of it.
Should not be confused with the play Ghosts. Should not be confused with The Protector episode "Ghosts", the Psych episode "Ghosts", the Revolution episode "Ghosts", and the Hidden Palms episode "Ghosts". Should not be confused with the DC Comics series Ghosts. Should not be confused with the board game Ghosts. Should not be confused with the books Ghosts (1990) and Ghosts (1993). Should not be confused with the film Ghosts (2006). Should not be confused with the 87th Precinct novel Ghosts.
This film provides examples of:
- Downer Ending: Toni abandons Nina. Nina manages to find Françoise, only to find out that she is not her mother after all.
- False Friend: Even though Nina and Toni supposedly fall in love with each other, it's only a day later that Toni simply abandons Nina.
- Only One Name: Just about every character in this film has only one name, and they are Nina, Toni, Françoise, Pierre, Oliver, Kai, and so on.