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1 November 2007 (Germany) See more »
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Stefan Kurt ... Willi Kolb

Jan Josef Liefers ... Achim Delvental
Justus von Dohnányi ... Sven Hansen

Susanne Wolff ... Rebecca

Antoine Monot Jr. ... Schorsch
Katharina Matz ... Svens Mum

Devid Striesow ... Lehmann
Sophie Stierle ... Grenzbeamtin
Oscar Ortega Sánchez ... Kellner (as Oskar Ortega Sanchez)
Luisa Lindner ... Lehmanns Daughter Luisa
Christian Lau ... Gardener

Directed by
Justus von Dohnányi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Justus von Dohnányi 

Produced by
Lars Büchel .... producer
Bernd T. Hoefflin .... producer
Stefan Kurt .... executive producer
Justus von Dohnányi .... executive producer
Original Music by
Timo Blunck 
Ralf Denker 
Stefan Will 
Cinematography by
Matthias Schellenberg 
Film Editing by
Steven Wilhelm 
Production Design by
Bader El Hindi 
Costume Design by
Freda Hansen 
Makeup Department
Alexandra Lebedynski .... makeup artist (as Alexandra Skrzypczak)
Petra Löber .... key makeup artist
Katharina Rätz .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Mohn .... production manager
Domenik Raabe .... assistant production manager
Silja Uckert .... executive in charge of production
Patrick Volm-Dettenbach .... consulting production manager (as Patrick Dettenbach)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kai Kullack .... assistant director
Art Department
Verena Schlünsen .... property master
Maxi von Dohnanyi .... property master
Hermann von Zehbe .... property master
Sound Department
Richard Borowski .... sound mixer
Felix Roggel .... sound designer
Gunnar Voigt .... sound
Special Effects by
Christiane Rüdebusch .... special effects
Seth Turner .... special effects
Jacob von Dohnanyi .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Gordon Fischer .... compositor
Andreas Teichert .... color grader
Camera and Electrical Department
Tobias Castorph .... gaffer
Oliver Naske .... grip
Editorial Department
Sebastian Pleissner .... assistant editor
Other crew
Matthias Dziedek .... trainee
Marcus Flörcks .... production assistant
Peer Christian Gabbe .... car rigger
Mimi Hassan .... production assistant
Oliver Maassen .... titles
Ina Pirk .... trainee
Domenik Raabe .... production assistant
Silja Uckert .... production assistant
Harro von Have .... legal services: production

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Germany:90 min
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Crew or equipment visible: At 24:55 there is a member of the crew in the background.See more »
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References Weekend at Bernie's (1989)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
How to handle a stiff during the World Cup, 9 December 2010
Author: suaheli from Germany

I enjoyed this "little" movie (80 min., no budget worth mentioning) tremendously. I doubt any Anglo-American or any other viewer will ever read this, leave alone see this film. But here you go. Meet cute between stereotypical (yet insecure) yuppie Achim and social security claimer Willi. They end up with Sven in his rented Swiss chalet and who relishes in pampering them no end because of his loneliness. His fiancé drowned a year ago on the Ellenbogen bay of his home island Sylt. Sven is just too kind to be true and hence dies in a freak accident, making the other two bond over fulfilling his last wish, to be buried at Ellenbogen (which he mentioned in a drunken evening, not knowing what was in for him).

Now you're in for a ride with a decomposing body, facing wives (Achim), neighbours (Willi, they stop at his home to change clothes and try to "revamp" the rotting Sven), and last not least they have to carry what's left of Sven through the all out party that was World Cup 2006 in Germany. Note: FIFA had such a claim on anything with the World Cup that an accidental showing of the logo would have cost the filmmakers a trillion more cash than the movie cost all together. Nice. Anyway, they did shoot some original scenes of Germany 2006 and its hilarious.

Well, it goes on and on with the two invontarily buddies until the happy end and it doesn't stop making you gasp. Every obstacle is played to the hilt - marvelous.

Justus von Dohnanyi has a neat directional debut, with some acting friends gladly supplying great cameos. He does a great job in acting Sven until the end too.

Stefan Kurt is very good. As always. But it's my favourite German actor Jan Josef Liefers who's movie this is really. He is just awesome. He puts more meaning into a raised eyebrow than - speaking from a German perspective - hammy Götz George puts into a whole movie. He always gets it right. OK, he had the most thankful role, changing from wannabe yuppie to a "caring friend", but he never overdoes it. "Hollywood" should take note. Given the fact that he played his part in bringing down the wall... Check it up and enjoy this genius actor.

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