A successful artist loses control of his life after his young daughter's death. A chance for a new start appears, but all is not what it seems.

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Maja Andernach
Valeria Eisenbart ...
Leonie Andernach
Thomas Thieme ...
Siggi Butschma
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Max Oelze
Stefan Gebelhoff ...
Paul Wiegand
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Susanne Wiegand
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Nele Trebs ...
Nele Wiegand
Thomas Arnold ...
Edgar Keun
Karsten Dahlem ...
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René Lay ...
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Christof Düro ...
Fahrer Kleinbus
Lena Sabine Berg ...
Henriette Zahnert (as Sabine Berg)
Patrick Heinrich ...
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David Andernach (Mads Mikkelsen) lives non-chalantly at the height of his success as a painter, as a tragic misfortune befalls him from one second to the other. While he is paying his beautiful neighbor a visit, his daughter Leonie drowns in the pool of his house. Tormented by guilt, David turns into a wreck. His life is no longer under control, especially since his wife Maja (Jessica Schwarz) can never forgive him. Completely at the end he wants to kill himself jumping in the same pool, but at the last moment is saved by a friend. But as the guilt-ridden man has fallen in the greatest despair, a butterfly flapping on his nose leads him to a door, actually more an underground tunnel. On the other side he finds life as it was before. He gets back to the all-important moment and so given the opportunity to save his daughter. But even with his own ego, which is just on the road to regret his infidelity. Conscious as never before of those who have always loved him, the auspicious ... Written by bobbuckingham

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The film was set intentionally in no specific city or country so the story could take place in any Northern European city (the exterior shots were filmed mostly in Potsdam, Germany). This is recognizable by the fact that the vehicle licence plates have no format used in the EU, the uniforms of the police officers are just plain black and the police car has no markings. See more »

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creepy with an interesting premise
21 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Artist David Andernach (Mads Mikkelsen) is devastated after his daughter drowns in the family pool. Five long years of misery have gone by. He discovers a tunnel which leads back to the day of the drowning. This time he saves his daughter but ends up killing his other self in this alternate world. He buries the body and starts pretending to be his younger self. His daughter seems to be the only who notices.

The movie starts depressed and slow. When he kills his other self, it starts to turn creepy and weirdly compelling. It never really gets intense or scary as a horror. It's just creepy and dark. There is an element of paranoid tension that isn't fully exploited. The older guy isn't threatening enough. It's interesting but needs to be more engaging.


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