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Das Geheimnis des Lebens (2002)

Genetic biologist KATHARINA KLUGE, short-listed for a Nobel Prize, has realized the dangers inherent in cloning. Appointed to the "National Ethics Council" by the German government, her job... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
Dr. Katharina Kluge
Günther Maria Halmer ...
Kommissar Längsfeld
Enrico Mutti ...
Bruno Piovani / Dr. Oliveri
Jenny Deimling ...
Julia Steinbaum
Pierre Junot (as Alexandar Jovanovic)
Alexander Held ...
Roderick van Hof
Katharina Klaffs ...
Laura Piovani (as Katarina Klaffs)
Kardinal Francois Poiret
Klaus Haderer ...
Oliver Schell ...
Tanja von Oertzen ...
Dr. Gudmundsdottir
Waltraut Borchmann ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Feifel ...
Leopold Hornung ...
Kollege von Kommissar Längsfeld
Stefan Schulz-Dornburg


Genetic biologist KATHARINA KLUGE, short-listed for a Nobel Prize, has realized the dangers inherent in cloning. Appointed to the "National Ethics Council" by the German government, her job is to supervise the creation of a catalog of guidelines. To work on it undisturbed, Katharina withdraws to a vacation home. There she is attacked by masked men who force her to eat sleeping pills # apparently to fake a suicide. But with her last remaining strength, Katharina manages to vomit, and to drive to the police. They are skeptical about her story, and when the corpse of Katharina's husband and her two daughters are discovered at the house, together with a farewell note signed by her announcing that she could not answer for the consequences of her work and had therefore decided to kill herself and her family, it is clear to the police that far from being the victim, Katharina was actually the perpetrator. Katharina escapes, resolving to find out who has her family on their conscience and to ... Written by Anonymous

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27 September 2002 (Germany)  »

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Genética Mortal  »

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Deadly secret
4 October 2009 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Das Geheimnis des Lebens" (literally: The Secret of Life) tells the story of the scientist Dr Kluge (Désirée Nosbusch) who rejects an offer to take part in an illegal cloning experiment. Because she knows too much, she is chased by unknown killers. The police believe Dr Kluge to be a murderer herself, though! Without any help, she is on the run and tries to find out more about the forbidden experiments in the Netherlands and Italy, until she makes an astonishing discovery...

Since genetics are a science nobody really knows much about, anyway, the TV movie used that merely as a backdrop for a solid crime story: chasing killers while the hero is the main suspect, that plot sounds familiar, but it's well done. The police have to make a huge effort to find out which traces are faked and who they can trust. Nosbusch is great in the demanding lead role. Supporting are G.M. Halmer as the police inspector, Jenny Deimling as his assistant - and she has to work hard for some recognition, a relationship well developed in the script

  • plus Italian veteran actor Orso Maria Guerrini ("Keoma", anyone?) as

the cardinal.

Finally, I have (jokingly) to point out the film is breaking an unwritten law. When one villain standing on a roof is shot, he doesn't fall off the roof - he just lies down on the roof to die. Hey! I mean, they always fall down, doesn't anybody watch westerns?

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