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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 »
Kati and Steffi are best friends since childhood. But as they step into adulthood, both their perfect... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The truth about teenage life..., 26 September 2005
Author: jpschapira from Argentina

I'm currently studying with an exchange guy. He's from Germany and is learning many different languages. A very smart boy and fun to be with; and although he speaks to us in our language, it would be interesting to listen to him speaking German. Watching this film, I realized how that would be. Besides the German language itself, he would probably speak the same way; the expressions, and special words, because this film's characters live in the teenage world. The piece is very brave, and I don't know what the reception was at its country in its time, but director Maria Von Heland is trying to declare: "These things happen…And they happen to teenagers".

In this very real reality, kids go to school and have best friends, hang out with boyfriends, form rock bands, carry on a sexual life and so on. Von Heland's screenplay covers all of these aspects three dimensionally, because it expands them with a lot of knowledge. Best friends are what Kati (newcomer at the time Anna Maria Muhe) and Steffi (Karoline Herfurth). The first has just ended a relationship and the last has a boyfriend named Carlos (David Winter), who is in a rock band. The sexual life of teenage girls isn't something understood, it comes by the person each one is. The movie deals with this letting us know that Steffi and Carlos have known each other for a long time but they still haven't made love.

On the other side, Kati is always looking for chances; going out late, meeting older guys and carrying condoms inside her jeans. All this we learn when we are taken inside her house, where a ruined family clearly lives. In one scene, while Kati's family is having dinner, Von Heland shows with a still camera the faces of each of the members, and it becomes obvious; it's a tense and dysfunctional life. We later experience a father-daughter talk about some discoveries, and Kati and her younger sister praying to God while we listen to their parents' screams. They say: "God, I know you're very busy and all that, but please make our parents divorce soon". There's another strong scene near the ending, where Kati prays by herself.

Strong is about everything in this movie. Steffi also has his family issues, we find out. We know the character and we believe she'd resolve them maturely, but when Tessa (Josefine Domes) comes into the picture, and Steffi resolves, we realize that Kati is probably more mature than her and therefore how contradictory life is. Steffi has her motives for what she does with Tessa and everything she does later, so does Kati when she tells her mom: "This is who I am…Look at me!". So does Tessa's mom when she acts, and Kati's mom when she gets mad, and Kati's father when he advices her, and everybody else. One notable thing about the feature is that is difficult to take sides; you understand everyone.

Another very remarkable detail is the use of music, all of it in English, representing each moment of the story with lyrics and songs according to the music people of the movie characters' age listen. Everything that happens to the two friends is something that could occur to any friendship any day. Because when two people are friends since little, it is something given (in my case with my ever best friend Matías), and when they fight they always make up; it is the tough bond that unites them. But the truth is that sometimes there are some much stronger things that test that bond; and that is the time to find out if the feelings are real. What Kati and Steffi live is way too strong for their age, but it is up to them to work it out, while is up to the movie to show us how powerful friendship truly is.

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