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The Bone Man (2009)

Der Knochenmann (original title)
Private Investigator Brenner is handling a case at the grill-station "Löschenkohl". There he finds - besides some chicken - also other meat...that doesn't belong in a good meal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Hader ...
Josef Bierbichler ...
Löschenkohl
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Birgit
Christoph Luser ...
Porsche Pauli
Pia Hierzegger ...
Herr Alexandra Horvath
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Valeria
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Evgenjev
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Igor
Edita Malovcic ...
Anna
Gerti Drassl ...
Junge Frau mit Kind
Oliver Stern ...
Polizeikommandant
Petr Meissel ...
Slowakischer Polizist
Kathrin Resetarits ...
Kellnerin
Christian Pogats ...
Sänger / Play Boys
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Private Investigator Brenner is handling a case at the grill-station "Löschenkohl". There he finds - besides some chicken - also other meat...that doesn't belong in a good meal.

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Brenner ist verliebt... (Brenner is in love...)

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

6 March 2009 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

The Bone Man  »

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Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Like in the previous Films based on his novels, author Wolf Haas has a small cameo. Unlike before not in person, but a photo of him is shown on the back cover of a nonfiction book about gender reassignment. See more »

Goofs

EU passport holders need no visa to enter Austria. The bordello owner in Bratislava paid a Slovakian policeman for getting a visa in his Ukranian passport. He speaks Russian, drives a Russian car and holds a Ukrainian passport. So he needs a visa if he doesn't want any trouble crossing the Slovakian-Austrian border. See more »

Crazy Credits

Included to the declaration that no animal had been harmed during production of the film, the audience is further informed, that no human flesh was really consumed. See more »

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Follows Silentium (2004) See more »

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Performed by Lali Puna
Music & Lyrics by Valerie Trebeljahr
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Great performances and Austrian dark humor
9 September 2013 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

The great thing about crime novels is that they can take all the liberty they want to portray the problems of a society without being perceived as heavy handed, too intellectual or unpatriotic, as they can conveniently embed their criticism in the context of the crime story.

Wolf Haas' novels are by no means any exception to this rule. At a constantly high quality he manages to tell his detective stories drawing a bleak portrait of a hypocritical and morally rotten Austrian middle class with the cynical humour typical for that nation.

As with all Wolf Haas film adaptations so far, the acting in this one is first rate. Especially Josef Hader pulls off an even better version of the likable but chronically downtrodden detective Brenner. However, also some side characters such as the Löschenkohl impress with their performance.

As for the film itself, it unfortunately has a few deadbeat moments and some dialogues that move too slowly and are on the fringe of getting boring. Some scenes might also be considered as being more violent than necessary. Certain characters such as the Russian mobsters are too stereotypical to be really enjoyable.

However, the movie also features great dark humour throughout and finishes off with a furious and really enjoyable ending. Overall, I'd highly recommended it if you are into cynical society satire.


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