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Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. (1997)

After he loses his job, his father, and his girlfriend, Jan's life is a shambles. Then suddenly he meets freakish street musician Vera, and a bittersweet romance unfolds...

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Wolfgang Becker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jürgen Vogel ... Jan Nebel
Christiane Paul ... Vera
Ricky Tomlinson ... Buddy
Christina Papamichou Christina Papamichou ... Kristina
Martina Gedeck ... Lilo
Armin Rohde ... Harri
Rebecca Hessing Rebecca Hessing ... Jenni
Andrea Sawatzki ... Sylvia
Frank-Michael Köbe Frank-Michael Köbe ... Zivi 1
Rainer Werner Rainer Werner ... Zivi 2
Uwe Richter Uwe Richter ... Polizist 1 / Möbelträger 2
Frank Kessler Frank Kessler ... Polizist 2
Oliver Meschke Oliver Meschke ... Polizist 3
Hans Seck Hans Seck ... Mann mit Hund
Klaus Dieter Stenzel Klaus Dieter Stenzel ... Mieter (as Klaus Stenzel)
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Jan Nebel is young man who is fired from his job at the slaughterhouse after he beats up two civil-dressed cops at a street riot. Soon thereafter his father dies, and Jan moves to his apartment, sharing it with former co-worker Buddy and girlfriend Vera. Written by Anonymous

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Germany

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German

Release Date:

20 March 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida É Tudo Que Temos See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Jenni: This is the answering machine of Mrs. Nebel and her stupid boyfriend. If you want to leave a message...
Jan: Jenni, don't bullshit me. Give me your mother. It's urgent.
Jenni: I just said this to keep the man away who calls little girls and tells them to put a metal stick into a power outlet or to throw a hairdryer into the bathtub. She's not there.
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Tango
Composed by Lothar Hensel
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One of the best "slice of life" movies I've seen
15 October 2006 | by dicto_x_paradiseSee all my reviews

Set in the newly reunified Berlin of the 90's, "Life is All You Get" (english title)is one of those really excellent movies that tell a story of not only some interesting people, but of the time & place in which they live. Jan is struggling to get by, working in a slaughterhouse, staying with his sister, her smart & funny little girl, and her lout of a husband. A series of major upsets impacts his life: His ex-girlfriend tells him she's got AIDS, his father dies face down in a plate of ravioli, and, while accidentally caught up in a street riot, Jan knocks down a couple of guys chasing a woman (named Vera) - not knowing that they're plain-clothes cops trying to arrest her. He loses his job at this time, too, and faces a nearly impossible task of paying the heavy fine for assaulting the cops. On the bright side, he and Vera begin a relationship - haltingly, and (for him) clumsily - as they negotiate life in a city experiencing the very awkward transition between two political worlds. The characters & situations beautifully straddle the line between the wholly believable and the hysterically quirky. It's really a shame that this film didn't get an official U.S. release - it's well worth your time.


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