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1 August 2013 (Germany) See more »
Merle follows the invitation of her lover to spend the summer in the South of France. She is surprised to find only his children in the summer house. Did she expect more than she should have? An ambiguous summer full of silent desire. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Anne Ratte-Polle ... Merle

Leonard Proxauf ... Felix
Emma Bading ... Emma

Maren Kroymann ... Johanna

Nathalie Richard ... Olga

Lou Castel ... Daniel
Soroosh Lavasani ... Darian
David Fennelly ... Mat
Laurent Pons ... Hervé
Geneviève Tenne
Maria Laborit ... Shop Assistant
Loïc Pichon ... Patisseur
Jean-Christophe Folly ... Kalu

Henry Arnold ... Romuald

Directed by
Nicolas Wackerbarth 
Writing credits
Nicolas Wackerbarth 

Produced by
Andrea Hanke .... commissioning editor: WDR
Titus Kreyenberg .... producer
Antoine Simkine .... co-producer
Georg Steinert .... commissioning editor: Arte
Original Music by
Olivier Mellano 
Cinematography by
Reinhold Vorschneider (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Janina Herhoffer 
Casting by
Louise Kiely 
Ulrike Müller 
Production Design by
Beatrice Schultz 
Set Decoration by
Muriel Gilabert 
Costume Design by
Manfred Schneider 
Makeup Department
Monika Münnich .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jérôme Brière .... production manager
Johannes Burow .... assistant production manager
Damien Conti .... assistant unit manager
Thomas Dittmar .... unit manager
Heino Herrenbrück .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Annette Drees .... first assistant director
Art Department
Nora Stenutz .... assistant production designer
Ayhan Vanelli .... property master: indoor
Sound Department
Stephan Fandrych .... adr recordist
William Edouard Franck .... sound recordist (as William Franck)
Etienne Haug .... boom operator
Emil Klotzsch .... sound designer
Benjamin Lecuyer .... sound mix technician
Marc Parazon .... boom operator
Wilmont Schulze .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Jean-Michel Boublil .... visual effects supervisor
Moritz Peters .... digital intermediate colorist
Camera and Electrical Department
Julius Dommer .... lighting assistant
Andy Haas .... first assistant camera
Thomas Kyriases .... best boy
Daniel Merget .... second assistant camera
Sven Meyer .... gaffer
Vadim Schulz .... digital imaging technician
Sylvia Schwab .... electrician
Jean-Baptiste Thibaud .... steadicam operator
Markus Wichmann .... electrician
Casting Department
Marie de Laubier .... additional casting
Susanne Ritter .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shin-May Ho .... wardrobe
Kate Wester .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Maja Tennstedt .... assistant editor
Location Management
Iris Czak .... location scout
Jean-Paul Nogues .... location manager
Other crew
Toby Cornish .... title designer
Melanie Grywnow .... bookkeeper
Melanie Grywnow .... production coordinator: Les Films d'Antoine
Toni Karkalar .... set manager
Ulrich Köhler .... dramaturgic consultant
Maria Marggraf .... caretaker: children
Ariane Schneiders .... production accountant
Esther Sellem .... assistant set manager
Maren Ade .... special thanks
Christina Bentlage .... thanks
Petra Müller .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Halbschatten" - Germany (original title)
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80 min
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Slow does not have to mean bad, 13 August 2015
Author: Thomas ( from Berlin, Germany

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

But you have to deliver in other areas then in order to make a really slow-moving film like this one worth a watch. "Halbschatten" is not only a pretty pretentious title, it is also Nicolas Wackerbarth's fifth (including 3 short films) movie as director and writer. It's his latest project so far, from 2 years ago, and Wackerbarth is really more prolific as an actor. The central character is played by Anne Ratte-Polle, who is probably only going to be known to German audiences, and even there only to those who watch a whole lot of movies. Supporting actor Leonard Proxauf maybe more people will recognize from his work in "Das Weiße Band", although if I hadn't known it was him, I probably would not have recognized him. Anyway, about Ratte-Polle, it's fairly difficult to evaluate her performance here. I really don't feel she has been given a whole lot to work with, but she does have some pretty unnecessary nude scenes, which added nothing to the story in my opinion. So it's pretty much impossible to say if she gave a good performance. It was really almost impossible to shine in that role.

A woman in her 30s is invited by her boyfriend to spend the summer in his house in France and she accepts the invitation. When she arrives, however, she only finds his children there and this is also with whom she spends almost the entire movie. There is a plot twist in the end, but it's slightly unrealistic in my opinion and, even if it was an interesting idea, it cannot really make up for the boredom from everything before that. This film is so slow that fittingly in the very last shot you see a character running wildly and then the closing credits appear, so you might think he somehow destroyed the whole movement speed and atmosphere of the film and that's why it ended. At least the film only runs for roughly 75 minutes without credits, so it's very short actually, which somewhat saves the film from dragging any further. I see no real achievements in this one that would let me recommend it. Thumbs down.

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