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Schmutz (1987)

Josef Schmutz is a custodian clerk given the task of guarding an outdated industrial plant.

Director:

Paulus Manker

Writers:

Michael Haneke (dialogue), Paulus Manker | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fritz Schediwy Fritz Schediwy ... Joseph Schmutz
Hans-Michael Rehberg ... Oberkontrollor (as Hans Michael Rehberg)
Siggi Schwientek Siggi Schwientek ... Fux
Josefin Platt Josefin Platt
Mareile Geisler Mareile Geisler
Axel Böhmert Axel Böhmert
Günter Bothur Günter Bothur
Constanzia Hochle Constanzia Hochle ... (as Constanzia Höchle)
Hanno Pöschl Hanno Pöschl
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Josef Schmutz is a custodian clerk given the task of guarding an outdated industrial plant.

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

July 1987 (Soviet Union) See more »

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MR TV-Film See more »
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Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Take It All
(uncredited)
Written by Boris Blank and Dieter Meier
Performed by Yello
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obsessed with responsibilities
16 May 2018 | by dourfaceSee all my reviews

Director Paulus Manker builds the tension in this dramatic and symbolic thriller to a shocking climax. Joseph Schmutz (Fritz Schediwy) is a self-effacing man who gets a job as a security guard at an abandoned paper mill. He shares his duties with another guard who is something of a goof-off. Eventually, the joker gets sacked for his behavior and Schmutz is left alone to guard the buildings. As time progresses, he becomes increasingly obsessed with his responsibilities to the property until his job as a guard begins to take over his life. He will guard the buildings against anyone and everyone -- even his boss, even a child he finds breaking windows, even the men who come to raze the buildings as ordered.


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