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The Architect (2008)

Der Architekt (original title)
Accepting a prize, architect Georg Winter explains that an architect has the good fortune of measuring every completed building against the rightness of his original idea. Soon Georg ... See full summary »

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Harald Abdelhamed ...
Kurt
Josef Bierbichler ...
Georg Winter
Hark Bohm ...
Roth
Maria Hofstätter ...
Kellnerin
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Reh Winter
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Eva Winter
Erich Schröck ...
Steinmetz
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Jan Winter
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Pfarrer
Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger ...
Bauleiter
Anna Reinstadtler ...
Tante Olla
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Hannah
Johanna Unterleitner ...
Nachbarin
Bernhard Wolf ...
Ulrich
Maria Wolf ...
Maria
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Accepting a prize, architect Georg Winter explains that an architect has the good fortune of measuring every completed building against the rightness of his original idea. Soon Georg himself is forced to take stock of the achievements and mistakes he has made in his personal life. An intense drama in which the four members of the family travel to a mountain village to bury Georg's mother. They get stranded in bad weather. This unexpected isolation throws new light on the past and present life of the parents and the two almost-adult children. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Interesting film, yet a bit over-the-top
1 June 2012 | by ("Old Europe") – See all my reviews

"Der Architekt" tells an interesting variation of the old story of a family confronted with serious trouble caused by underlying interpersonal problems and a "dark" secret from the past. This is always a good basis for a psychological drama.

However, pretty much of it is exaggerated and overacted (which is, by the way and IMHO, still typical of German cinema: "Real" people simply don't behave the same way as most of the on-screen characters). And many metaphors/symbols are simply carried too far (e.g., the name "Winter" for the troubled lead character stumping through the all-present discomforting winter landscape).

Josef Bierbichler is really great, but the rest of the cast can't keep up with him. This is especially true of the currently way overrated Matthias Schweighöfer. He should really take some acting classes in order to get rid of his mannerisms (e.g., constant grimacing); his performance is plain awful.


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