The Bitter with the Sweet


The Bitter with the Sweet is a love story on the verge of madness.
Cowboy Ricky, 62, and Gretchen, 55, have been dating since 2008. Marked by injuries from the past, their relationship is an emotional roller coaster ride between dependence and love. Nevertheless, Ricky and Gretchen try to grow old together as they can not master the harsh everyday life in North Philadelphia without each other.
The intimate documentary by Ann Sophie Lindström takes the viewer on a wild emotional ride from personal resentment to deep love, from tender moments to total rage and forces to think about ones own relationships, triggers and emotions.


Camera and Sound: Ann Sophie Lindström

Editing: Ann Sophie Lindström & Uwe H. Martin & Frauke Huber

Production: Ann Sophie Lindström & Uwe H. Martin / Bombay Flying Club

With special thanks to: Ricky & Gretchen

Supported by: Stiftung Kulturwerk der VG Bild-Kunst

Awards:  POYi (Pictures of the Year international) 2018 – Documentary Journalism, Award of Excellence