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Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  12 April 2001 (Germany)
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Edward Kaminsky, an aging ad man, wants a golden parachute from his agency; he must first land the Opel auto contract. Rosa, a youth with wealthy parents, wants to establish herself as an ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Scheer ...
Victor Vogel
Götz George ...
Eddie Kaminsky
Rosa Braun
Johanna von Schulenberg
Vadim Glowna ...
Werner Stahl
Nele Mueller-Stöfen ...
Heinz-Werner Kraehkamp ...
Günter Pflüger
Steffen Münster ...
Andreas Schmidt ...
Guntram Brattia ...
Benjamin Schwarz
Hans Löw ...
Julien Lambroschini ...
Samuel Weiss ...
Anatole Lanzerac
Ellen Schlootz ...
Assistentin v. Schulenberg
Marketing-Mann Opel


Edward Kaminsky, an aging ad man, wants a golden parachute from his agency; he must first land the Opel auto contract. Rosa, a youth with wealthy parents, wants to establish herself as an artist. The clumsy and enthusiastic Viktor, not quite honest, wants work. When he wanders into Kaminsky's meeting with Opel and says something about irony, the Opel director wants him in on the campaign. Then he steals an idea from Rosa that the Opel director loves. Before Rosa discovers he's expropriated her idea, Rosa and Viktor become lovers. Father-son feelings materialize between Kaminsky and Viktor. Can the impulsive Viktor hold it together before Rosa learns the truth and flies away? Written by <>

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In der Liebe und in der Karriere ist alles erlaubt.


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »




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12 April 2001 (Germany)  »

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Advertising Rules!  »

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17 October 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

As a girl from a German-Swiss background with absolutely no grasp of the German language, I just happen to ADORE this movie. I saw it on Deustchwella (I believe) a good couple of years ago, but decided to rent it from Blockbuster again. I am so glad I did -- this movie has a message and shows how people can become greedy in an ever-changing, up-to-date advertising world where being cutting edge is "in" and old fashioned is "out."

Viktor Vogel is a beautifully complex character that isn't two dimensional; he actually has substance which I find that North American films are lacking in spades. You can relate to him and his quest for the perfect career as a Creative Designer in Brainstorm, and you watch his transition from good guy to executive bad guy -- only which will he choose at the end?

Eddie is a great character representing old world traditions and a love for the cutting edge that was "cool" way back when. Longing for that spark to come back into advertising, he loathes Viktor's laid back approach as any elder employee who was a big shot would to a threatening younger employee.

However, this movie just plain ROCKS. I love the way that the director Kraume goes from tripod to hand-held is reminiscent of Tarantino and Cuaron's styles. Overall, a 5/5 stars, even with English subtitles. After all, where else am I to learn my German better than in movies?

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