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31 August 2012 (USA) See more »
Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Thomas Schubert ... Roman Kogler
Karin Lischka ... Margit Kogler
Georg Friedrich ... Rudolf Kienast

Gerhard Liebmann ... Walter Fakler
Stefan Matousch ... Gerhard Schorn

Luna Zimic Mijovic ... Mona (as Luna Mijovic)
Georg Veitl ... Jürgen Hefor
Klaus Rott ... Leopold Wesnik
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johann Bednar ... Schlossermeister
Michael Duregger ... Polizist #2
Elena Dörfler ... Roberta Fakler
Magdalena Kronschläger ... Junge Frau
Louis Markovics
Reinhold G. Moritz ... Josef Kallinger
Martin Oberhauser ... Gefängniswärter #3
David Oberkogler ... Polizist #1
Robert Putzinger ... Zugbediensteter
Peter Raffalt ... Richter
Gabriela Schmoll ... Haushaltshilfe
Stephanie Taussig ... Schwiegertochter
Werner Wultsch ... Mann im Jogginganzug

Directed by
Karl Markovics 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karl Markovics  screenplay

Produced by
Dieter Pochlatko .... producer
Nikolaus Wisiak .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Tucmandl 
Cinematography by
Martin Gschlacht 
Film Editing by
Alarich Lenz 
Casting by
Nicole Schmied 
Costume Design by
Caterina Czepek 
Makeup Department
Monika Fischer-Vorauer .... key makeup artist
Karoline Strobl .... makeup artist
Production Management
Petra Mayer .... unit manager
Gregor Schmalix .... unit manager
Bernhard Schmatz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anton Maria Aigner .... first assistant director
Rainer Vierlinger .... second assistant director
Art Department
Julia Gmoser .... assistant production designer
Isidor Wimmer .... film designer
Sound Department
Thekla Demelius .... mix assistant
William Franck .... sound
Nils Kirchhoff .... dialogue editor
Stephan Michalik .... boom operator
Philipp Mosser .... sound designer
Ralph Thiekötter .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Cedric Dugueperoux .... electrician
Rainer Fritz .... digital imaging technician
Robert Stopfer .... camera "b" operator and steadicam operator
Editorial Department
Reinhard Feichtinger .... digital intermediate editor
Willi Willinger .... colorist
Transportation Department
Christian Raberger .... production driver
Other crew
Loredana Rehekampff .... production coordinator

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  • LISTO Videofilm  post-production (Redcode RAW mastering) (color grading) (film recording) (digital cinema mastering)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Atmen" - Austria (original title)
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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
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The film was selected as Austria's submission to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but it did not make the final shortlist.See more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Don't judge a book by it's cover, 22 April 2012
Author: scotmalez from United Kingdom

This is a movie about guilt, dreams, redemption and ultimately hope. You won't like 18 year old Roman Kogler at first. He is sullen, uncommunicative, and in prison. Nobody else seems to like him either. He doesn't like himself. Beset by inner demons, he has committed some unspeakable crime. His only ally is the probation officer who is helping him to find a job that will convince a parole board that Roman is worthy to be released back into the community. Through the course of the movie we learn that he is a boy who has been dealt a bad hand in life. Brought up in care, he has been a lost soul who made a tragic mistake that caused him to spend his teenage years in detention. A job in the city morgue proves to be the turning point in the movie, and in his life. This job is the symbol of his eventual redemption. As his prison peers turn away from him in disgust at his choice of job, his equally wary co-workers, initially sceptical at having a convicted criminal in their midst, soon become accepting of the boy, and eventually encourage him to develop in his new role. A stroke of fate during a call-out one day, leads Roman down a path of self-discovery, which will help him to understand why he became the person he now is, and allows the audience to explore the damaged relationship, which needs to be repaired before the boy can address his inner demons and move on with his life. This is stark, often graphic, but never dull. You will end up liking Roman. As he understands what has brought him to this point in his life, he begins to like himself more. He exhibits an inner strength and confidence that belies his young years. You can be sure he will make a success of himself, in spite of the bad start that life offered him.

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