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24 October 2002 (Germany) See more »
A provocative new film about what we go through to find out who we are. See more »
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  (in credits order)
Anna Maria Mühe ... Kati

Karoline Herfurth ... Steffi
Josefine Domes ... Tessa
David Winter ... Carlos
Tillbert Strahl-Schäfer ... Klaus
Stefan Kurt ... Hans
Nina Petri ... Ann
Gabriela Maria Schmeide ... Ingrid
Matthias Brandt ... Jost
Teresa Harder ... Jeanette

Dieter Laser ... Herr Winter

Jennifer Ulrich ... Yvonne
Alma Leiberg ... Ramona
Chiara Steinmüller ... Lotte

Beata Lehmann ... Polizistin
Falk Rockstroh ... Lehrer Amtmann
Hyun Wanner ... Jani
Carl-Johan Vallgren ... Conny Laser
Conny Warmuth ... Jochen
Anja Stadlober ... Tatiana
Chawa Kahane ... Iris
Swetlana Schönfeld ... Lehrer Rosenbaum
Felix Lehrmann ... Tilo
Michael Hornig ... Polizei-Pressespecher
Daniela Hoffmann ... Yvonnes Mutter
Peer Martiny ... Sanitäter
Monika Jones ... Nachrichtensprecherin
Lisa Schill ... Junge Kati
Luisa Dretzke ... Junge Steffi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ingo Hasselbach ... Bartender (uncredited)
Kevin Kraus ... Gigolo (uncredited)
Matthias Sieg ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Maria von Heland 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maria von Heland 

Produced by
Philipp A. Barnett .... assistant line producer (as Philipp Barnett)
Oliver Damian .... executive producer
Oliver Damian .... line producer
Claudia Loewe .... executive producer
Judy Tossell .... producer
Andrea Willson .... producer
Original Music by
Nicklas Frisk 
Andreas Mattsson 
Cinematography by
Roman Osin 
Film Editing by
Jessica Congdon 
Casting by
Nessie Nesslauer 
Jacqueline Rietz 
Production Design by
Ulrika von Vegesack  (as Ulrika Anderson)
Art Direction by
Christian M. Goldbeck  (as Christian Goldbeck)
Set Decoration by
Vera Carstens 
Costume Design by
Andreas Janczyk 
Makeup Department
Sonali Chatterjee .... assistant makeup artist
Johanna Hinsch .... makeup artist
Monika Münnich .... assistant makeup artist
Barbara Ratke-Sieb .... assistant makeup artist
Heiko Schmidt .... makeup artist
Production Management
Benny Drechsel .... post-production supervisor
Mark Nolting .... unit manager
Sonja B. Zimmer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael G. Johnson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Roman Berger .... stand-by swing gang
Tom Bewermeier .... assistant art director
Katja Clos .... graphic designer
David Hoffmann .... property master
Claudia Kiefer .... stand-by props
Wolfgang Wrede .... painter
Sound Department
Christian Conrad .... dialogue editor
Jörg Kaiser .... boom operator
Frank Kruse .... sound designer
Frank Kruse .... sound mixer
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Stefan Soltau .... sound effects editor
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Adolf Wojtinek .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Manfred Büttner .... visual effects producer
Erich Eder .... digital compositor
Robert Pinnow .... visual effects producer
Rainer Werner .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Amann .... assistant camera: second unit
Julian Atanassov .... assistant camera
Silvia Beck .... camera operator: second unit
Tilman Büttner .... Steadicam operator
Ralf Dangschat .... Steadicam operator
Manfred Andrej Hagbeck .... camera operator: second unit
Justus Hasenzahl .... lighting technician
Florian Hoffmeister .... assistant camera: second unit
Erik Krambeck .... camera operator: second unit
Peter Kramer .... electrician
Doug Lavender .... assistant camera
Andres Lizana Prado .... assistant camera: second unit
Marco Nagel .... still photographer
Hanno Olderdissen .... grip
Niklas Schechinger .... video operator
Marcus Schlicht .... assistant camera: second unit
Michael Schuff .... gaffer
Ingo von Heland .... video operator
Robert Wedemeyer .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Senay Ay .... wardrobe
Susanne Gassmann .... additional wardrobe
Sabine Groh .... additional wardrobe
Patricia Puisy .... wardrobe
Susanne Vierkötter .... additional wardrobe
Kerstin Westermann .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Veronika Auer .... negative cutter
Alexander Berner .... consulting editor
Thomas Fröhlich .... assistant editor
Heidi Heisuck .... assistant editor
Anna Kappelmann .... assistant editor
Music Department
Eric Holland .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Benjamin Dunker .... production driver
Other crew
Jürgen Biesinger .... production assistant
Annette Drees .... script supervisor
Peter Engelmann .... additional script editor
Anne Helmer .... production coordinator
Norbert Klingner .... legal counsel
Felix Leitermann .... location manager
Mark Nolting .... location manager
Gian-Piero Ringel .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Große Mädchen weinen nicht" - Germany (original title)
"Bitter Sweet" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for sexuality, language, drug use and some violence - all involving teens
87 min | Argentina:92 min
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
complex tale of morally adrift teens, 3 December 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

In most movies about teens - at least those made in America - we usually don't have to spend a great deal of time trying to figure out who are the "good" people and who are the "bad." The filmmakers are usually kind enough to do that for us. This is obviously not the case in Europe, however, for in the German film "Big Girls Don't Cry," the adolescents we meet are anything but morally and ethically clear-cut.

The two best friends, Steffi and Kati, seem like fairly typical middle class teens - somewhat mischievous, obsessed with boys, and faintly rebellious against the authority figures of the adult world. They also drink, party and experiment with drugs - nothing too radical for teens anywhere in the world today. However, one night Steffi inadvertently discovers that her father is having an affair. At this point, all hell breaks loose, as Steffi decides to take her anger and revenge out on the innocent daughter of her father's mistress, an aspiring singer named Tessa. Steffi sends Tessa to a potentially dangerous local pornographer, leading her to believe that he is actually a record producer searching for new talent. This single action leads to a series of cascading events that winds up, in some way or other, adversely affecting most of the people in Steffi's life.

Steffi and Kati are both fully realized and complex characters who refuse to be pigeonholed at any given point in the movie. Steffi begins her crusade of vengeance convinced that she is acting strictly out of righteous anger, especially since, in her mind at least, her actions are as much a way of protecting her mother's honor as her own. And if innocent victims have to be sacrificed along the way, well, so be it. What Steffi doesn't realize, until it's too late, is that we can't always control how the human dramas we set in motion will ultimately act themselves out. Kati, who is far more rebellious and far more promiscuous than Steffi, finds herself torn between her loyalty as a friend and doing what she knows is right. It is Kati, the less self-assured one, who, ultimately, becomes the moral beacon that Steffi will be forced to follow if she hopes to survive in the world.

Anna Maria Muhe as Kati and Karoline Herfurth as Steffi give brilliant, well-rounded performances, as does the rest of the talented cast. The acting, writing and directing are so good and true, in fact, that the movie is able to override the occasional implausibility or touch of melodrama that wanders into the storyline.

I just wish American movies about teenagers were this thought-provoking, interesting and impressive.

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