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8 June 2006 (Germany) See more »
Échange tells the story of HENRIK, who takes part in a student exchange program with France. The only... See more » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A "must see" if you are German and took French in school See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)

François Goeske ... Henrik (as François Göske)
Paula Schramm ... Valerie
Lennard Bertzbach ... Johannes

Christian Tramitz ... Monsieur Nouvelleville
Élodie Bollée ... Charlotte
Antoine Morin ... Cyril
Cyril Descours ... Mathieu
Thaddäus Meilinger ... Niklas
Vanessa Krüger ... Lena
Sabrina Stehnicke ... Barbara
Éléonore du Page ... Sylvianne
Isabelle Cote ... Mutter Cyril
Patrice Poisson ... Vater Cyril
Baptiste Poisson ... Kleiner Bruder Cyril
Paule Poisson ... Bruder Cyril
Jules Poisson ... Großer Bruder Cyril
Josef Schwarz ... Anton

Dietrich Adam ... Thomas
Gérard Despouy ... Verkäufer
Stefanie Tendel ... Jule
Melanie Tendel ... Julchen
David Weiss ... McG
Tibor Schäfer ... Spielberg
Philip Röder ... Mirko
Maria-Theresa Storch ... Sarah
Simon Moser ... Lupo

Tom Bracquart ... Sebastien
Matila Malliarakis ... Jean-Luc
Charlotte Baglan ... Aurélie
Camille Brunet ... Julie
Virginie Bonnier ... Janine
Aurélien Devers ... Jeu Fini
Iason Konstantinou ... Beachboy 1
Anthony Ogbomo ... Beachboy 2
Wolfgang Menardi ... Thomas Jung
Andreas Borcherding ... Vater Henrik

Melina Borcherding ... Fünftklässlerin
Thomas Pesnelle ... Somelier

Directed by
Christian Ditter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christian Ditter 

Produced by
Jenny Alten .... co-producer: developement
Andreas Atzwanger .... associate producer
Julien Auger-Ottavi .... co-producer
Christian Becker .... co-producer
Marc-André Brunet .... co-producer
Gérard Despouy .... co-producer
Gregory Faes .... co-producer: Rhône-Alpes Cinéma
David Groenewold .... co-producer: GFP Medienfonds
Fabien Laroche .... co-producer: Open Art
Christoph Menardi .... producer
Jens Oberwetter .... line producer: Rat Pack Filmproduktion
Patrice Poisson .... co-executive producer
Philipp Schall .... executive producer
Anita Schneider .... co-producer
Katharina Schwarz .... associate producer
Katharina Schwarz .... producer
Frank Siegmund .... line producer
Torben Struck .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philipp Fabian Kölmel  (as Philipp F. Kölmel)
Cinematography by
Christian Rein 
Film Editing by
Patricia Rommel 
Casting by
Daniela Tolkien 
Production Design by
Eva Stiebler 
Art Direction by
Barbara Bernhard 
Costume Design by
Silke Faber 
Makeup Department
Sabine Riedel .... assistant makeup artist
Verena Weißert .... makeup artist
Production Management
Andreas Atzwanger .... post-production manager
Marc-André Brunet .... unit production manager: France
Mathias Schwerbrock .... production supervisor
Melanie Schwier .... unit manager: German Unit
Frank Siegmund .... unit production manager: German unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christoph Ischinger .... assistant director
Manuel Siebert .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kai Dahl .... carpenter
Vanessa Holmière .... property master
Anna Till .... assistant art director
Laura Weiss .... property master
Sound Department
João Da Costa Pinto .... sound editor
Daniel Dietenberger .... sound editor
Michael Hinreiner .... re-recording mixer
Michael Mitra .... foley editor
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Gero Renner .... boom operator
Alexander Saal .... supervising sound editor/sound designer
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Jan Singh .... mechanical effects
Visual Effects by
Ralf Wacker .... digital intermediate supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcus Baierlein .... assistant camera
Jean-Marc Bringuier .... steadicam operator (as Jean Marc Bringuier)
Philipp Chudalla .... Steadicam loader
Philipp Chudalla .... second assistant camera
Minh Duong .... video operator
Markus Eckert .... Steadicam operator
Nikolaus Summerer .... camera operator
Casting Department
Charlotte Marrel .... casting: France
Bernadette Weinzierl .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Anna Katharina Brehm .... post-production coordinator
Anna-Julia Geyer .... assistant editor
Markus Herm .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Ivica Rahija .... driver
Other crew
Julie Bargeton .... production assistant
Julia Dobler .... assistant to producer
Julia Dobler .... intern
Anne Gröger .... assistant to producer
Anne Gröger .... intern
Vladimir Kokh .... unit location assistant
Sofie Scherz .... production coordinator
Franziska Schlattner .... assistant to cast
Hendrik Teltau .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Französisch für Anfänger" - Germany (original title)
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Germany:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

The song, the pupils and Hendrik (on stage) are singing at the party, called "Gute Nacht Freunde" and is from the singer "Reinhard May" (here they sing the French version of this song).See more »
Continuity: The guy who orders a beer and a coke at the bar at he "Oberstufenparty" doesn't pay.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wild Chicks in Love (2007)See more »
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A "must see" if you are German and took French in school, 3 June 2006
Author: itchy_de from Germany

The story is simple: boy loves girl and to get her attention he must make some sacrifices - in this case that means traveling with her to France without knowing the language or the country. The acting is wonderful, Paula as Valerie and Francois as Hendrik are very credible.

The film is very romantic, with many vivid dialogs playing charmingly with both French and German clichés. Sometimes the story seems a bit too exaggerated but most of the time this movie is very enjoyable and does a great job in recalling the viewer of his own experiences with the French language and the country - if he has them.

However, if you don't know anything about France and never took French in school you will probably have a hard time understanding some aspects of the movie, unfortunately, those are the important aspects. Subtract those and the movie is only half as good, a romantic teenage love story with few differences to so many others. But if you have any connection to France or its language, you should see this movie, regardless if you like France or you hate it - there is stuff for both its lovers and haters.

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