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Der Bananenkaktus (2004)

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Michael is a nice guy. Every fall, he helps his neighbor Yvonne carry her cactus from the garden to the attic, and every spring he carries it back down again. Although he doesn't tell ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Matthias Bundschuh ...
Michael
Cornelia Köndgen ...
Nachbarin Yvonne
Walter Hess ...
Botaniker
Adolf Adam ...
Herr Neumann
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Versicherungsvertreter
Katharina M. Schubert ...
Freundin
Wilm Roil ...
Reisebürokaufmann
Christine Adler ...
Friseurin
Johannes Schubert ...
Friseurlehrling
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Michael is a nice guy. Every fall, he helps his neighbor Yvonne carry her cactus from the garden to the attic, and every spring he carries it back down again. Although he doesn't tell Yvonne, he really hates the plant. He was always the one to carry it, he gets stung every time, and it gets heavier and heavier by the month. Just when he looks forward to a calm Sunday at home, he notices it's that time of year again, and Yvonne asks for the favor. Not wanting to ever touch the cactus again, Michael realizes that he has never learned to do one thing: say no. Written by Daniel Saner

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Funny and lovable
7 August 2009 | by (Ebikon, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This short gets a perfect 10/10 score from me, because I simply could not think of anything that could have been done better. It knows what it wants to show, what story it wants to tell, and it does so in a great and entertaining way.

You will instantly recognise and like the characters, which is helped by the fact that absolutely every actor gives a perfect, convincing performance. Adding some surreal elements for comic reasons is always a dangerous thing because they can quickly become awkward, embarrassing attempts of originality or wackiness. In this case, however, they work really well because they are kept modest, and don't feel like an over-exaggerated gimmick that was added just for the heck of it. The film flows nicely from beginning to end, it never drags along and it never feels rushed, every scene has been carefully planned and executed.

10 minutes of film cannot be much more entertaining than this, and they're well spent watching 'Bananenkaktus'. You will be rewarded with a cute little story taken right out of everyday life, and the message that being nice is great, as long as you don't forget about yourself.


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