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A tragicomic movie which focuses on two women and their daily struggle for survival during a summer in Berlin... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Inka Friedrich ... Katrin Engel

Nadja Uhl ... Nicole 'Nike' Pawelsky
Andreas Schmidt ... Ronald
Stephanie Schönfeld ... Tina
Christel Peters ... Helene
Kurt Radeke ... Oskar
Vincent Redetzki ... Max
Hannes Stelzer ... Herr Neumann
Lil Oggesen ... Charly
Maximilian Moritz ... Rico
Veit Schubert ... Apotheker
Fritz Roth ... Chef Puppenfirma

Traute Hoess ... Chefin Agentur
Olaf Burmeister ... Vorzimmermann
Herbert Olschok ... Bewerbungspartner
Lutz Ockhardt ... Bewerbungstrainer (as Dr. Lutz Ockhardt)
Barbara Bachmann ... Helenes Tochter
Götz Schulte ... Galerist
Frank Seppeler ... Mann in Diskothek
Anne Bulling ... Ärztin Notaufnahme
Ute Keller ... Leiterin Suchtklinik (as Dr. Ute Keller)
Manuela Fritzsche ... Chefin Pflegedienst
Manfred Hille ... Unfallfahrer
Hans-Ulrich Laux ... Trucker
Olaf Sommerfeld ... Schuhverkäufer
Mario Pokatzky ... Kollege Messebau
Marko Schmidt ... Einbrecher
Matthias Walter ... Einbrecher
Frank Fietze ... Kumpel von Ronald
Carola Kirschnick ... Chefin Kneipe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Axel Prahl ... Kneipengast (uncredited)

Directed by
Andreas Dresen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wolfgang Kohlhaase 

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... producer
Jutta Frech .... executive producer
Peter Rommel .... producer
Original Music by
Pascal Comelade 
Cinematography by
Andreas Höfer 
Film Editing by
Jörg Hauschild 
Production Design by
Susanne Hopf 
Natalja Meier 
Makeup Department
Grit Kosse .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Hartwig .... production manager
Thomas Mulack .... HD project manager: Schwarz Film Berlin GmbH
Anja Ostrowski .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sabine Weyrich .... assistant director
Art Department
Felix Gallo .... painter
Jens Gaube .... carpenter
Mark Gleisberg .... prop driver
Marita Götz .... property master: outdoor
Roland Schwarthoff .... set dresser
Sascha Strutz .... property master
Michael Waschnig .... prop driver
Sound Department
Anja Bause .... foley mixer
Fanny Hermsdorf .... sound re-recording mixer assistant (as Sabine 'Fanny' Hermsdorf)
Kai-Uwe Koch .... dialogue editor
Ralf Krause .... sound re-recording mixer
Jens Müller .... boom operator
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Martin Rogalski .... foley editor
Peter Schmidt .... sound
Oswald Schwander .... sound designer
Aaron Zeller .... adr boom operator
Michael Gerbes .... sound re-recording mixer assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
René Jakob .... digital effects artist
Juliane Schaloske .... visual effects project manager (as Juliane Haack)
Inga Schwiemann .... digital colorist
Olaf Skrzipczyk .... visual effects supervisor
Norman Struwe .... digital effects artist
Nhat Quang Tran .... digital effects artist
Ralf Wacker .... digital intermediate supervisor
Armin Sauer .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jörg Güntner .... assistant camera
Georg Nonnenmacher .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karin Schulz .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Thomas Mulack .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Jens Quandt .... music supervisor
Other crew
Janina Bukowski .... production accountant
Roland Gerhardt .... location scout
Miriam Höding .... caretaker: children
Skady Lis .... business and legal affairs
Andro Steinborn .... head of business and legal affairs

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sommer vorm Balkon" - Germany (original title)
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USA:107 min | Canada:105 min | Canada:105 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Argentina:105 min
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Did You Know?

In the scene in which Nike and Ronald take Max to the bar the man sitting in front of the window is Axel Prahl, one of director Andreas Dresen's favorite actors. Prahl has been in all of Dresen's non-documentary films from Night Shapes (1999) to Summer in Berlin (2005).See more »
Movie Connections:
Guten Morgen SonnenscheinSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Good morning, sunshine, 25 November 2014
Author: bertverwoerd from Netherlands

Though I've been watching films all my life and have been active on IMDb for nearly a decade, I never bothered to write an official user review. Up until today. (Well, duh, or you wouldn't be reading this.) With just three reviews in nearly ten years, this film seems to be greatly overlooked as well as under-appreciated. Which is a pity, as it conveys so much in such an understated way.

First of all, several establishing shots of the town it's set in -Berlin- are not only beautiful, but will also put a smile on the faces of everyone who, like Marlene Dietrich, loves the city.

Next, the film wonderfully shows average life – it does not pretend to have a blockbuster-type script. There are no spies, murderers or explosions. There are just normal folks with normal, rather dreary lives, with quite average problems, jobs and so forth. The way in which Nadja Uhl's job -homecare of senior citizens- is depicted, is respectful and loving. Like so many aspects of this movie, this depiction closely resembles real life. And the romance she ensues makes you scream at the screen: stop that, he's bad for you, a lot like what happens a lot in real life as well – regardless of gender.

Also realistic is the way the movie conveys the desperation of Inka Friedrich, a single mom who has trouble finding any sort of reliable job and too little money to adequately take care of her son. Again, many people from all the seven continents will be able to empathize with or recognize her situation.

Then there's the great use of music to establish the location, namely Germany: many typical 'schlager' songs are featured and the use of Nana Mouskouri's 'Guten Morgen Sonnenschein' is not only very clever, but also ensures that particular (very catchy) song to be stuck in your head for days to come.

To save the best for last: Nadja Uhl. This great actress, also known for her roles in De Tweeling, Dschungelkind, Die Stille nach dem Schuß and Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, might be the prettiest woman and one of the very best actresses ever to have been 'Made in Germany'. Unfortunately, both her looks and skills have been criminally undervalued internationally. Luckily, there are films like Sommer vorm Balkon, in which we get to see her shine like only few actresses can.

While the film might have its faults, much like nearly every other film does, the combination of its honest script, great use of music, Berlinesque setting and great acting -as said, in particular Mrs. Uhl- make it very worthwhile.

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