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Salmonberries (1991)

A woman who grew up in a small town in Alaska goes to the public library to try and find out who her parents were. She was brought to town as a baby in a cardboard box with "Kotzebue" on it... See full summary »

Director:

Percy Adlon

Writers:

Percy Adlon, Felix O. Adlon (screenplay co-written and translated from the German by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley ... Butch (as Oscar Kawagley)
Rosel Zech ... Roswitha
k.d. lang ... Kotzebue
Eugene Omiak Eugene Omiak ... Ovy
Wayne Waterman Wayne Waterman ... Ronnie
Jane Lind Jane Lind ... Noayak
Chuck Connors ... Bingo Chuck
Alvira H. Downey Alvira H. Downey ... Izzy
Wolfgang Steinberg Wolfgang Steinberg ... Albert
Christel Merian Christel Merian ... Albert's Wife
George Barril George Barril ... Bingo Attendant
Gary Albers Gary Albers ... Tight Rope Walker
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Storyline

A woman who grew up in a small town in Alaska goes to the public library to try and find out who her parents were. She was brought to town as a baby in a cardboard box with "Kotzebue" on it, which is the name of the town and also the name of the family that founded the town. She eventually befriends the librarian, an East German immigrant who lost her husband while escaping from behind the Iron Curtain. They help each other try to find closure to the events in their past. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Du bist für mich das Wichtigste auf der Welt.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1991 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Percy Adlon's Salmonberries See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$96,717
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pelemele Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

k.d. lang got severe frostbite on her nose because of the extreme cold. See more »

Goofs

When the pickup arrives, it stops with its right front tire on a coil of wire when seen from above. Then when seen from the front the wire is under the truck and the wire returns to under the tire. See more »

Quotes

Roswitha: Thank you. You're welcome. My pleasure. You don't talk very much I guess. You're an Inupiat, or what?
Kotzebue: Russian.
Roswitha: Oh. What is your name?
Kotzebue: Kotzebue.
Roswitha: Your name is...
Kotzebue: Kotzebue. My people discovered this place.
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Crazy Credits

Shortly before the end of the credits there is the following paragraph: 'No animals were killed exclusively for the production of this film. Furs were worn simply to depict the lifestyle of the native Inupiat culture.' See more »


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Barefoot
Sung by k.d. lang
Music by Bob Telson
Words by k.d. lang and Bob Telson
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This grew for me on 2nd viewing
20 May 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

A sort of mix of 'Bagdad Café' and 'Three Women' set in Alaska. k.d. lang plays an androgynous miner who falls in love with a straight, private, local German librarian. They both have muddy, tragic pasts that slowly emerge.

There are some deeply moving moments, and some wonderful slightly magical realist touches. The cinematography is very good. But while lang does a decent job, I can't help thinking a stronger, more experienced actress could have brought out even more in this amazing role.

That said, I did enjoy this much more on a second viewing. While it bothered me that it felt at times like Adlon was trying to re-create the magic of 'Bagdad Café' (odd, surreal setting, quirky out of place characters, cinematography that uses color in exaggerated ways for effect, etc.) overall I found myself more able to just let go and accept this tale on its own merits. And doing that, it made me smile.


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