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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... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of the best "slice of life" movies I've seen See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jürgen Vogel ... Jan Nebel
Christiane Paul ... Vera

Ricky Tomlinson ... Buddy
Christina Papamichou ... Kristina

Martina Gedeck ... Lilo

Armin Rohde ... Harri
Rebecca Hessing ... Jenni

Andrea Sawatzki ... 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)
Felix Köppel ... Max
Bernd Stegemann ... Horror-Rudi
Carmen-Maja Antoni ... Uschi (as Carmen M. Antoni)
Daniel Schermelleh ... Moritz

Stefan Arndt ... Richter

Wolfgang Becker ... Fleischhof-Chef
Meret Becker ... Moni
Matthias Friedrich ... Junge mit Messer
Max Föller ... 2. Junge
Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer ... TV-Showmaster
Susanne Betancor ... Sängerin im TV
Manfred Mertens ... Jans Vater
Peter Schulze ... Mann am Buffet
Karol Bethke ... 1. Redner
Volker Rahn ... 2. Redner
Detlef Matthies ... Taxifahrer

Ludger Pistor ... Bestatter
Peter Gavajda ... Julian
Richy Müller ... Theo
Gode Benedix ... Siggi (as Detlef Gode Benedix)
Jan Erik Engel ... Peter
Gundula Petrovska ... Donita
Andreas Schmidt ... Mieter mit Schrank
Matthias Schmidt ... Sargträger 1
Hilmar Rose ... Sargträger 2
Mario Scheel ... Möbelträger 1
Raymond Tarabay ... Nachtportier
Frank Zimmermann ... Etagenkellner
Tom Spiess ... Tagportier (as Tom Spieß)
Andy Anderson ... Mann im Leichenwagen
Gerhard Broer ... Pfarrer
Patrice-Luc Doumeyrou ... Arzt (as Patric Doumeyrol)
Ingeborg Westphal ... Jans Mutter

Heino Ferch ... Hoffmann
Arno Reckers ... Kabeltrommel
Klaus Bieling ... Lippenstift
Andreja Schneider ... Brenda Lee
Regina Klopsch ... Lady Madonna
Peter Klopsch ... Jerry Lee Lehmann

Victor Schefé ... U-Bahn-Schnorrer
Claudia Zeibig ... Frau mit Messer
Hajo Sägebrecht ... 1. Mann in Kneipe
Karl von Sydow ... 2. Mann in Kneipe
Claudia Cullmann ... Krankenschwester
Patrice Bouédibéla ... Chor
Gregor Krämer ... Chor
Anja Krabbe ... Chor / Baustellen-Chor
Eva Mbabazi ... Chor
Ralf Moritz ... Chor
Daniel Oertel ... Chor / Baustellen-Chor
Benito Sambo ... Chor
Caroline Sanchez ... Chor
Reinhard Schleuß ... Chor
Moritz Schuhmacher ... Chor
Jessica Winkler ... Chor
Nik Wustlich ... Chor
Lorenz Allacher ... Spree Teddy Club Band
Johannes Roloff ... Spree Teddy Club Band
Jürgen Schäfer ... Spree Teddy Club Band (as Jürgen Schaefer)
Hans Schumann ... Spree Teddy Club Band
Bernd Weißig ... Spree Teddy Club Band
Jacky Spelter ... Spree Teddy Club Band
Willy Käsler ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Lina Grundmann ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Christina Röstl ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Andreas Röstl ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Dirk Obst ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Inara Thomas ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Christian Bönsch ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Clarissa Bönsch ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Sven Markholz ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Myra Thomas ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Michael Gilner ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Marianne Waleroski ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Ulrike Grünheid ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Bernd Grünheid ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Volkart Maier ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Daniela Vogel ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Petra Muschter ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Andreas Muschter ... Rock'n Roll Tänzer
Wolfgang Hess ... Buddy (voice)
Katharina Cantow ... Baustellen-Chor
Sylvia Cielieski ... Baustellen-Chor
Sebastian Dreßler ... Baustellen-Chor
Nicole Frühauf ... Baustellen-Chor
Sina Hoppe ... Baustellen-Chor
Christoph Klownick ... Baustellen-Chor
Julia Kursawe ... Baustellen-Chor
Beatrix Motter ... Baustellen-Chor
Tobias Motter ... Baustellen-Chor
Beatrice Ollosow ... Baustellen-Chor
Fabian Stelzer ... Baustellen-Chor
Judith Warschke ... Baustellen-Chor
Christian Weber ... Baustellen-Chor
Felix Weidemann ... Baustellen-Chor
Edda Wiese ... Baustellen-Chor
Mickey Bahner ... Baustellen-Orchester (as Micky Bahner)
M. Bednorz-Brosch ... Baustellen-Orchester
Hawo Bleich ... Baustellen-Orchester
Simon Buchanan ... Baustellen-Orchester
Wolfgang Dasbach ... Baustellen-Orchester
Markus Däunert ... Baustellen-Orchester
Karl-Heinz Deutscher ... Baustellen-Orchester
Harry Ermer ... Baustellen-Orchester
Matthias Fischer ... Baustellen-Orchester
Lothar Friedrich ... Baustellen-Orchester
Lutz Halfter ... Baustellen-Orchester
Edward Hayes ... Baustellen-Orchester
Rudolf Heczko ... Baustellen-Orchester
Stephan Joppien ... Baustellen-Orchester
Chris Lewis ... Baustellen-Orchester
Günter Melde ... Baustellen-Orchester
Johannes Miro ... Baustellen-Orchester
Domenica Reetz ... Baustellen-Orchester

Directed by
Wolfgang Becker 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wolfgang Becker 
Tom Tykwer 

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... producer
Gebhard Henke .... producer: WDR
Andreas Schreitmüller .... producer: Arte
Tom Spiess .... line producer (as Tom Spieß)
 
Original Music by
Jürgen Knieper 
Christian Steyer 
 
Cinematography by
Martin Kukula 
 
Film Editing by
Patricia Rommel 
 
Casting by
An Dorthe Braker 
 
Production Design by
Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer 
 
Art Direction by
Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer 
 
Costume Design by
Heidi Plätz 
 
Makeup Department
Jeanne Gröllmann .... second makeup artist: additional team
Lena Lazzarotto .... makeup artist
Jekaterina Oertel .... makeup artist (as Jekaterina Oertl)
 
Production Management
Christoph Bicker .... executive in charge of production
Mathias Schwerbrock .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tanja Däberitz .... second assistant director
Scott Kirby .... first assistant director
Petra Küstner .... second assistant director: second unit
Connie Walter .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Lars Andresen .... construction
Lori Bartol .... construction
Steffen Brinkmann .... construction
Thilo Cox .... construction
David Doran .... construction
Michael Fechner .... prop buyer
Tobias Frank .... construction
Wieland Gaul .... construction
Christl Giesemeyer .... construction
Christina Graff .... construction
Paul Graff .... construction
Suzan Hardcastle .... construction
Gonda Hinrichs .... assistant production designer
Gracia Janowicz .... stand-by propman
Christian Krebs .... construction
Rainer Luik .... construction (as Rainer Link)
Michaela Odierna .... construction
Wolfgang Osterholzer .... construction
Olaf Rehahn .... assistant production designer: second unit (as Olaf Rehan)
Ines Spain .... construction
Mia Wood .... construction
 
Sound Department
Frank Delle .... stereo assistant
Hanno Hackfort .... sound assistant: second unit
Jochen Isfort .... sound assistant
Olaf Kutscher .... sound: second unit
Matthias Lempert .... sound designer
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Wolfgang Schukrafft .... sound
Hans-Dieter Schwarz .... adr recordist: VTTV (as Dieter Schwarz)
Kai Tebbel .... sound editor: avid
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Herbert Blank .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Nastuh Abootalebi .... scanning, recording
Manfred Büttner .... visual effects production manager
Peter Schultze .... opticals
Alex Lemke .... digital retouch artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Klaus Bieling .... lighting technician
Dieter Bähr .... grip
Johnny Feurer .... assistant camera: additional team
Gregor Havenith .... gaffer
Constantin Kesting .... cinematographer: second unit
Constantin Kesting .... still photographer
Anja Knoblauch .... key grip
Dennis Locasso .... lighting technician
Janucz Reichenbach .... assistant camera (as Janusz Reichenbach)
Jocus Scherz .... cinematographer: additional team
Ina Scholl-Kesting .... assistant camera: second unit
Christian Schulz .... still photographer
Ronald Schwarz .... lighting technician
Karl von Sydow .... rigging grip
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Frank Zschieschow .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Jacqueline Kaassa .... assistant casting: additional team
Cornelia Partmann .... casting: children
Cornelia Partmann .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carsten Biewer .... wardrobe bus
Silke Dillmer .... wardrober: additional team
Antje Krüll .... costume designer: additional team
Melanie Kutzke .... wardrober
Jürgen Lukow .... costumes bus
Diana Reimann .... wardrober
Frank Specht .... wardrober
Bettina Weiß .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Hans-Gabriel Bergmann .... color timer
Mathilde Bonnefoy .... avid editor: timeline
Silke Botsch .... assistant editor
Renate Hähmer .... negative cutter
Eva Schellemann .... assistant editor
Mirjam Schwerk .... assistant editor
Julian Reich .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Thorsten Querg .... property driver
Frank Zimmermann .... production driver
 
Other crew
Eleni Ampelakiotou .... interpreter: additional team
Marcus Brinkmann .... second location manager
Markus Brinkmann .... set manager
Chris Evert .... first location manager
Dirk Heinel .... trainee: additional team
Anne Helmer .... production coordinator
Martin Herbolzheimer .... projectionist
Sophie Herfurth .... production secretary
Jahel Hoffmann .... children carer: additional team
Shmuel Hoffmann .... children carer: additional team
Liane Kirsch .... translator
Hannes Kleinknecht .... trainee
Michael Kruger .... location scout
Petra Kustner .... production trainee
Hans Lehrke .... cutting room
Matthias Michel .... first location manager: additional team
Philip Morris Nicolai .... assistant location manager: additional team
Anja Ostrowski .... production coordinator: additional team
Martin Protze-Zwick .... legal advisor
Stefan Schauerte .... car captain
Michaela Schweuneke .... animal trainer
Klaus Tollmann .... second location manager: additional team
Caroline Veyssière .... continuity
Thomas Wilk .... title designer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Das Leben ist eine Baustelle." - Germany (original title)
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115 min
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the best "slice of life" movies I've seen, 15 October 2006
Author: dicto_x_paradise from United States

Set in the newly reunified Berlin of the 90's, "Life is All You Get" (english title)is one of those really excellent movies that tell a story of not only some interesting people, but of the time & place in which they live. Jan is struggling to get by, working in a slaughterhouse, staying with his sister, her smart & funny little girl, and her lout of a husband. A series of major upsets impacts his life: His ex-girlfriend tells him she's got AIDS, his father dies face down in a plate of ravioli, and, while accidentally caught up in a street riot, Jan knocks down a couple of guys chasing a woman (named Vera) - not knowing that they're plain-clothes cops trying to arrest her. He loses his job at this time, too, and faces a nearly impossible task of paying the heavy fine for assaulting the cops. On the bright side, he and Vera begin a relationship - haltingly, and (for him) clumsily - as they negotiate life in a city experiencing the very awkward transition between two political worlds. The characters & situations beautifully straddle the line between the wholly believable and the hysterically quirky. It's really a shame that this film didn't get an official U.S. release - it's well worth your time.

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