There is one love in life you never forget. The writer Max Zorn (Stellan Skarsgård) comes to New York for his book premiere. His young partner Clara (Susanne Wolff) has travelled ahead of him to work on the US publication. In his novel, Max writes about the failure of a love affair in this city. Not entirely by chance, he meets Rebecca again, the woman from back then (Nina Hoss). She is now a very successful lawyer, originally from East Germany and has been in New York for 20 years. They decide to spend another weekend together. It is winter in Montauk, the small fishing harbour with the famous lighthouse at the end of Long Island. Two beach chairs by the windswept sea. They are waiting for two people who had lost each other for a long time. Now they return, full of grief for the life they missed and hope for the future. The bodies remember, but they don't know if they can undo time. In Montauk, they will find out.
With RETURN TO MONTAUK, Volker Schlöndorff has fulfilled a long-held wish: to make a film set here and now, without literary or political ambitions. Simply cinema. RÜCKKEHR NACH MONTAUK is based on an original screenplay by Irish writer Colm Tóibín ("Brooklyn") and Volker Schlöndorff, with hidden allusions to the novella "Montauk" by Max Frisch, whose "Homo Faber" director Schlöndorff already filmed in 1991.
# "RETURN TO MONTAUK is neither a film adaptation of Max Frisch's book nor a travelogue, but is based on an original screenplay by Colm Tóibín and myself and is dedicated to the memory of Max Frisch."