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Kathrin Resetarits ...
Manu
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Andrea, Manu's best friend
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Andreas, Manu's husband
Marion Mitterhammer ...
Gerlinde, Manu's sister
Martin Brambach ...
Reini, Manu's brother
Rupert L. Lehofer ...
Lukas
Bellinda Akwa-Asare ...
Sandra
Gabriela Schmoll ...
Belinda, Sandra's Mother
Christian Ghera ...
Heinrich
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Karl
Désirée Ourada ...
Patricia
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Kai (as Dominik Hartel)
Nicole Skala ...
Gabi
Deborah Ten Brink ...
Yvonne, Manu's daughter
Alfred Worel ...
Josef
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A young Austrian survives the crash of a commercial airliner. Six years later, she's a clerk, a mother, happy. Then she dies in a car accident. Over the next year, we follow her daughter, who goes through various medical blood tests, her husband, her best friend who's been having an affair with her husband, her sister who trades sex for shelter, her brother and his hesitant friendship with an emotionally-locked clerk at a pharmacy, the clerk's lonely mother, an unpopular high-school student with bad skin, and the boy she may connect with, who was driving the car in the fatal crash. In happenstance are there patterns? In life is there meaning? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$1,443 (USA) (23 July 2004)

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$3,804 (USA) (12 April 2013)
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Written by Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pål Waaktaar
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Free radicals
2 September 2007 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This Austrian movie has reached Sweden recently. It's the "Short Cuts" concept again, but that form seems to inspire script writers and directors to great achievements.

This is about the post consuming area. The phase when everybody seems to accept the society they are living in without protest. But typical for that area is the frustration which finds it way otherwise.

Because everybody is unhappy here. Whatever their goals are, friendship, love, a dead mother, everything is a disappointment. Nothing can be reached. And the point is that nothing is their own fault. The people are not blamed and that's hopeful and maybe a prediction of what is to follow after the consumerism era is over.


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