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Lumber Kings (2006)

Die Könige der Nutzholzgewinnung (original title)
In the comedy "Lumber Kings", the lovely and charismatic loser Krischan comes back to his working class village Tanne, planning to hold there a lumber jack competition. He manages not only to overcome the massive resistance of his old friends Ronnie and Bert, but also to transform the whole village, saving it from a state of stagnancy and resignation.

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Bjarne Mädel ...
Krischan (as Bjarne Ingmar Mädel)
Frank Auerbach ...
Ronnie
Steven Merting ...
Bert
Peter Sodann ...
Eberwirt
Christina Große ...
Ellen
Barbara Philipp ...
Jeanette
Monika Lennartz ...
Berts Mutter
Max Reschke ...
Peter
Christian Steyer ...
Günter Schubel
Doreen Kutzke ...
Tonnia Schubel
Adina Pfeil ...
Bea
Marcel Köhler ...
Drilling
Danilo Köhler ...
Drilling
Ramon Köhler ...
Drilling
Ursula Andermatt ...
Psychiaterin
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In the comedy "Lumber Kings", the lovely and charismatic loser Krischan comes back to his working class village Tanne, planning to hold there a lumber jack competition. He manages not only to overcome the massive resistance of his old friends Ronnie and Bert, but also to transform the whole village, saving it from a state of stagnancy and resignation. Written by NiKo Film

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24 August 2006 (Germany)  »

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En avant les bûcherons  »

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€1,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The Full Mounty
22 December 2006 | by (Kassel, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better German comedies in recent years. If you like movies such as "Wir können auch anders", "Goodbye Lenin", "Drechslers zweite Chance" or UK-working-class tragicomedies like "The Full Monty", "Waking Ned" or "Brassed Off" you might easily dig this one too. It shows some sympathetic German actors with a good script and set in one of the most beautiful but in German film history underrated areas of Germany - the Harz. Three unemployed fellas want to raise a lumberjack-tournament to make some money. They belong to the so-called "reunion-losers", citicens from the "assimilated" German Democratic Republic (DDR) who fell through the capitalistic grid but somehow try to get along anyway - a realistic problem. The film picks it up sensible and balanced but manages not to drown in mourning and to show the bizarre-comical aspects as well. There are one or two passages that move a little slow but it ain't too bad. To hell with "Die 7 Zwerge 1 + 2"! "Die Könige..." proofs that there is still intelligent entertainment from here contrary to that shetty slapstic-junk.


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