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Night Shapes (1999)
"Nachtgestalten" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  12 August 1999 (Germany)
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The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants. The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myriam Abbas ...
Dominique Horwitz ...
Oliver Breite ...
Jochen (as Oliver Bäßler)
Susanne Bormann ...
Michael Gwisdek ...
Ricardo Valentim ...
Ade Sapara ...
Imogen Kogge ...
Taxifahrer / Cab Driver
Axel Prahl ...
Polizist / Police Officer
Carmen-Maja Antoni ...
Frau im Hospitz / Woman in Hospice
Ursula Karusseit ...
Frau Gerhardt
Dagmar Sitte ...
Kellnerin / Waitress
Christel Peters ...
Alte Dame / Old Lady
Josefine Leuschner ...


The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants. The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi drivers, in search of a little bit of happiness, all end up going for a harrowing odyssey through the labyrinth of the big city. Written by L.H. Wong <>

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12 August 1999 (Germany)  »

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DEM 3,500,000 (estimated)

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Strange events happening on a single night.
7 August 2007 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

The Pope's visit throws Berlin completely out of gear.He is unaware of profound changes it will bring in the lives of certain individuals. Hanna and Victor-a homeless couple will have a tough time finding a suitable hotel for a night's stay.Patty-a juvenile prostitute will rob Joachen-a naive farmer of his money.Peschke-an inept business executive will grasp the bitter truth that not all immigrants like Angolan Feliz Kolami steal wallets upon their arrival in Germany. Nachtgestalten is an ingenious motion picture belonging to the post reunification German Cinema.Andreas Dresen earned wide critical and commercial success with his film as it came at a moment when German cinema was inundated with numerous inelegant comedies.It is a highly imaginative film in which various droll events happen in rapid succession.Nachtgestalten takes us on a wonderful tour of night spots in Berlin which average tourists would normally shun.Andreas Dresen has candidly shown sordid aspects like dirt,junk,skinheads,racism, prostitution etc.The storyline appears credible as a result of outstanding acting prowess of its characters.Michael Gwisdek is brilliant as Peschke.Nachgestalten skillfully tackles the plight of homeless people.It proves without a shadow of a doubt how difficult it is to be poor in a rich country.

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