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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
Location Management
Roland Gerhardt .... location scout
Music Department
Jens Quandt .... music supervisor
Other crew
Janina Bukowski .... production accountant
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 »
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24 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
solid, yet average, 30 January 2006
Author: Matthias Heuermann ( from Berlin, Germany

Although this was hailed by the critics in Berlin as yet another masterpiece of German film-making I can't really see anything special here. Solid acting, solid script, solid camera; but at no stage does this film become more than the sum of its parts. Its set in the trendy part of former east Berlin and revolves around the friendship between unemployed shop window decorator Katrin and the stereotyped blonde Nike, an old people's nurse. At first glance they have nothing much in common apart from living in the same house, both being single and both having taken an unhealthy liking towards vodka. The plot itself is rather trite; we just fade in on their everyday problems and yup, you've guessed it, there are men involved. Then, after the usual complications that come with love, friendship and too much drink we fade out again. To give the whole thing a little more depth, a kid is thrown in for good measure. Still, after the credits rolled in I asked myself, whats the point? Three days later I couldn't remember much of it anymore. True, there are some good lines and a few mildly amusing scenarios, but the story stays rather predictable all the way through. I reckon this film is supposed to depict life as it is but if life is that dull, I don't really see any reason to make a film about it. My summers in Berlin are usually a bit more entertaining, that much I know.

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