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Elephant Heart (2002)

Elefantenherz (original title)
Daniel Brühl stars as a talented boxer, accepting an offer of a dubious businessman to become a professional. Marko Stemper, 19 years old, comes from a disadvantaged background and works as... See full summary »

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Marko Stemper
Manfred Zapatka ...
Gerd Hermsbach
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Axel Stemper
Angelika Bartsch ...
Renate Stemper
Erhan Emre ...
Bülent
Thierry van Werveke ...
Kopella
Jana Thies ...
Sara
Luana Bellinghausen ...
Verena Stemper
Ali Cakir ...
Ali
Mircea Crisan ...
Nessel (as Mircea Krishan)
Sebastian Schipper ...
Baerwald
Hilmi Sözer ...
Cem
Christian Tasche ...
Barkeeper Rolf
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Daniel Brühl stars as a talented boxer, accepting an offer of a dubious businessman to become a professional. Marko Stemper, 19 years old, comes from a disadvantaged background and works as a window cleaner. His father, an alcoholic, tyrannizes the whole family, so Marko's only joy in life is boxing. As he is the most promising talent in his club, Gerd Hermsbach, a local demimonde boss, offers him the opportunity to become a professional. Marko accepts, but has to pay a high price... Written by fipppi2000

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A little predictable, otherwise a great sad movie
1 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a very impressive movie about the life of a teenager, living with his parents and sister in poor circumstances, starting a career in professional boxing. The camera art is beautiful and compelling, especially as it makes use of nicely filmed material during sunset using gyro cams, which is then used to show very ugly industrial zones and social housings!

The main characters (amongst others Daniel Brühl, one of Germany's best young actors) play very convincingly. I liked the set and the props, which seemed very realistic.

The script also had some interesting twists. Nonetheless, the main story is a little predictable.


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