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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...

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Jan Nebel
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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)
Felix Köppel ...
Max
Bernd Stegemann ...
Horror-Rudi
Carmen-Maja Antoni ...
Uschi (as Carmen M. Antoni)
Daniel Schermelleh ...
Moritz
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Richter
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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
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Bestatter
Peter Gavajda ...
Julian
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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
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Hoffmann
Arno Reckers ...
Kabeltrommel
Klaus Bieling ...
Lippenstift
Andreja Schneider ...
Brenda Lee
Regina Klopsch ...
Lady Madonna
Peter Klopsch ...
Jerry Lee Lehmann
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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

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Wolfgang Becker

Written by (WGA)

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Wolfgang Becker ... ()
 
Tom Tykwer ... ()

Produced by

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Stefan Arndt ... producer
Gebhard Henke ... producer: WDR
Andreas Schreitmüller ... producer: Arte
Tom Spiess ... line producer (as Tom Spieß)

Music by

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Jürgen Knieper
Christian Steyer

Cinematography by

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Martin Kukula

Film Editing by

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Patricia Rommel

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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An Dorthe Braker

Production Design by

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Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer

Art Direction by

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Claus-Jürgen Pfeiffer

Costume Design by

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Heidi Plätz

Makeup Department

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Jeanne Gröllmann ... second makeup artist: additional team
Lena Lazzarotto ... makeup artist
Jekaterina Oertel ... makeup artist (as Jekaterina Oertl)

Production Management

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Christoph Bicker ... executive in charge of production
Mathias Schwerbrock ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tanja Däberitz ... second assistant director
Scott Kirby ... first assistant director
Petra Küstner ... second assistant director: second unit
Connie Walter ... second unit director

Art Department

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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

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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 ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Herbert Blank ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Nastuh Abootalebi ... scanning, recording
Manfred Büttner ... visual effects production manager
Peter Schultze ... opticals
Alex Lemke ... digital retouch artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Klaus Bieling ... lighting technician
Dieter Bähr ... grip
Johnny Feurer ... assistant camera: additional team
Gregor Havenith ... gaffer
Constantin Kesting ... cinematographer: second unit / 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

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Jacqueline Kaassa ... assistant casting: additional team
Cornelia Partmann ... casting: children / extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Carsten Biewer ... wardrobe bus
Diana Dean ... wardrober (as Diana Reimann)
Silke Dillmer ... wardrober: additional team
Antje Krüll ... costume designer: additional team
Melanie Kutzke ... wardrober
Jürgen Lukow ... costumes bus
Frank Specht ... wardrober
Bettina Weiß ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Markus Brinkmann ... second location manager (as Marcus Brinkmann)
Chris Evert ... first location manager
Michael Kruger ... location scout
Philip Morris Nicolai ... assistant location manager: additional team

Transportation Department

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Thorsten Querg ... property driver
Frank Zimmermann ... production driver

Other crew

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Eleni Ampelakiotou ... interpreter: additional team
Markus Brinkmann ... set 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
Petra Kustner ... production trainee
Hans Lehrke ... cutting room
Matthias Michel ... first 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
Norbert Maass ... sales manager: Bavaria Film International (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Life is All You Get (World-wide, English title)
  • La vie est un chantier (France)
  • La vida en obras (Spain)
  • A Vida É Tudo Que Temos (Brazil)
  • Бери от жизни всё (Russia)
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  • 115 min
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Movie Connections Referenced in Good Bye Lenin! (2003). See more »
Soundtracks I Got You (I Feel Good) See more »
Quotes 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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