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Nina, an end-of-teenage orphan with mental problems, starts a new job as a garden cleaner when she meets Toni. They fell in love with each other, but soon Toni starts betraying Nina. In the... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Julia Hummer ...
Sabine Timoteo ...
Marianne Basler ...
Anna Schudt ...
Claudia Geisler ...
Heimleiterin (as Claudia Geissler)
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Nina, an end-of-teenage orphan with mental problems, starts a new job as a garden cleaner when she meets Toni. They fell in love with each other, but soon Toni starts betraying Nina. In the meantime, Francoise is picked up at a psychic department of a Berlin hospital by her husband, Pierre. After seeing Nina, Francoise believes that she has found her kidnapped daughter Marie, but neither Toni nor Pierre believe her. Nina is unsure about what to think... Written by Benjamin Stello

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15 September 2005 (Germany)  »

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Second part of director Christian Petzold's "Gespenster"-trilogy. The other two parts are Yella (2007) and The State I Am In (2000). See more »


Followed by Yella (2007) See more »

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"Precisely cinematographic, heartrending and romantic..."
10 March 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

German screenwriter and director Christian Petzold's third feature film which he co-wrote with Czech screenwriter Harun Farocki, premiered In competition at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival in 2005, was shot on locations in Germany and is a German production which was produced by producers Michael Weber and Florian Koerner von Gustorf. It tells the story about a community worker from Oranienburg, Germany named Nina who lives at a correctional facility in Berlin, Germany and who one day finds an earring and notices a girl whom is being assaulted by two guys, and a wife and mother named Francoise whom is still marred by the disappearance of hers and her husband named Pierre's three-year-old daughter named Marie.

Distinctly and masterfully directed by European filmmaker Christian Petzold, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the two main characters' point of view, draws an eloquently engaging and humane portrayal of a German girl who befriends an aspiring actress named Toni, and a married couple who are staying at a hotel whilst on a business trip. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Hans Fromm, production design by production designer Kade Gruber, film editing by film editor Bettina Böhler and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about not writing off a possibility no matter how far-fetched it may be, depicts two involving studies of character and contains a great and timely score by composers Marco Dreckkötter and Stefan Will.

This situational, densely conversational and atmospheric drama from the late 2000s which is set during a summer in the capital city of Germany in the 21st century, where cinema imitates cinema and where a woman observes someone she recognizes and a homeless girl goes shoplifting to impress a casting director, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity and the remarkable acting performances by German actresses Sabine Timoteo, Julia Hummer, Belgian actress and director Marianne Basler, French actor Aurélien Recoing and German actor Benno Führmann. A precisely cinematographic, heartrending and romantic mystery which gained the German Film Critics Award for Best Film at the German Film Critics Association Awards in 2005.

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