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Life is All You Get (1997)

Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. (original title)
After he loses his job, his father, and his girlfriend, Jan's life is a shambles. Then suddenly he meets freakish street musician Vera, and a bittersweet romance unfolds...

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Christiane Paul ...
Vera
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Buddy
Christina Papamichou ...
Kristina
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Lilo
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Harri
Rebecca Hessing ...
Jenni
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Sylvia
Frank-Michael Köbe ...
Zivi 1
Rainer Werner ...
Zivi 2
Uwe Richter ...
Polizist 1 / Möbelträger 2
Frank Kessler ...
Polizist 2
Oliver Meschke ...
Polizist 3
Hans Seck ...
Mann mit Hund
Klaus Dieter Stenzel ...
Mieter (as Klaus Stenzel)
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Jan Nebel is young man who is fired from his job at the slaughterhouse after he beats up two civil-dressed cops at a street riot. Soon thereafter his father dies, and Jan moves to his apartment, sharing it with former co-worker Buddy and girlfriend Vera. Written by Anonymous

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20 March 1997 (Germany)  »

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A Vida É Tudo Que Temos  »

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Jenni: This is the answering machine of Mrs. Nebel and her stupid boyfriend. If you want to leave a message...
Jan: Jenni, don't bullshit me. Give me your mother. It's urgent.
Jenni: I just said this to keep the man away who calls little girls and tells them to put a metal stick into a power outlet or to throw a hairdryer into the bathtub. She's not there.
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References The Devil's Rain (1975) See more »

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Der Heiland ist geboren
Performed by [Gesungen vom] Baustellen-Chor
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Outstanding film - if you only see one German film, see this one
4 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is my favourite German film - if you get a chance to watch 'Goodbye Lenin' and 'Berlin Nachtgestalten' as well, you have pretty much a 360 degree panorama of life in Berlin after the Wende. Superb acting, and very funny, too. The beautiful thing about this film is that the humour, being largely visual, makes it very accessible to viewers whose German isn't so fluent.

Storming performance by Ricky Tomlinson

If you only see one German film, see this one, not some pretentious tosh like 'Lola Rennt' or the uniquitous Verlorene Ehre von Katharina Blum


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