Beyond pain is a documentary with fictional scenes, describing pain in some of its forms.
Xenia is 32 year old and she is one of the Berlin Staatsballett dancers. She is extremely dedicated to her job and, as most of professional dancers, she puts herself through a lot of pain in order to achieve something beautiful and refined out of her art.
Jan is a 40 year old psychoanalyst and photographer. He had a very difficult childhood characterised by cold, abusive parents and by discrimination and isolation from his peers for being homosexual.
John is 65. Twenty years ago, due to his HIV infection, he got meningitis, went into a coma and lived a Near Death Experience.
The three stories cross each other throughout the film, combining a documentarist approach with a cinematography and a dialectic typical of feature film.In the background, like a mirror for reality check, Berlin – ugly and fascinating as only real life can be.