The district hospital Ottobeuren is a busy clinic with an emergency room and stationary patients. The everyday routine is hectic, but the atmosphere is friendly – like in one of the hospitals so familiar to us from popular medical soaps such as St. Angela. There is a difference, though: Ottobeuren has it’s own ward for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). So it’s not surprising that Huber Schorsch, who may have just wanted a prescription for some painkillers, ends up at the mercy of a Chinese nurse, who surprises him with a disgusting brown infusion. The patients aren’t the only ones who are confronted with unusual methods. Some of the doctors made the trip from china in order to work in the clinic and have to adjust to the structures their new environment confronts them with.
Set within the daily events of a unique clinic, this series of documentary mini-dramas describes a little bit of China in Allgaü - and provides more than just medical insights about East and West.
photography: Istvan Imreh
editing: Annette Muff
producer: Thomas Tielsch
produced by: Filmtank Hamburg
in coproduction with: ZDF/ARTE
DVD distribution: Epix Media AG
"Wenn in der dritten Episode der Gastwirt Dodel am Klinikempfang steht, dann möchte man diesen genauen Film längst als Parabel gelten lassen: die Ankunft des Fremden in ländlicher Welt - ein Schauspiel zwischen Skepsis und Neugier." (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 5.12.05)