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Not a Love Song (1997)

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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Anna Thalbach ... Luise
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Bruno
Matthias Freihof Matthias Freihof ... Karl
Chajim Koenigshofen Chajim Koenigshofen ... Guenther
Bruno Cathomas ... Truck Driver Pit
Cathlen Gawlich Cathlen Gawlich ... Elsa
Esther Esche Esther Esche ... Dagmar
Ulrich Voß Ulrich Voß ... Dieter
Iris von Kluge Iris von Kluge ... Susanne
Herbert Sand Herbert Sand ... Seminar Lecturer
Michael Freerix Michael Freerix ... Frank
Rainer Winkelvoss Rainer Winkelvoss
Swantje Henke Swantje Henke
Peter Wawerzinek Peter Wawerzinek
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthias Rott Matthias Rott ... Dieb
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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 October 1997 (Germany) See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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strange but beautiful film
1 May 2004 | by genevieveaSee all my reviews

This is an odd German tragic comedy that screened at the Goethe House in Hanoi, Vietnam recently. Hauntingly photographed in beautiful B & W, it is the tale of a rural village in East Germany where it seems everyone wants to leave, most of all the wannabe-James-Dean male lead, Bruno (wonderful performance by Lars Rudolph). However, one hapless local entrepreneur has high-hopes for the future; but then his wife falls for Bruno which sets off a battle between romance, marketing, and responsibility.

Though uneven at the start, the film develops an increasingly intense and desolate atmosphere, almost like in a play by Beckett. The direction is often reminiscent of Fassbinder - not realistic but truthful, distilling the essence of situations in a truly creative manner. Sometimes the scenes slip into the grotesque, but this is after all a comedy.

I truly enjoyed this film. Anyone who knows the situation and history of East Germany today will also be pleased to discover that here is a film which deals with the political fallout of 1989 in a comical fashion, long before a film like "Goodbye Lenin" saw the light of day. It is also a sarcastic blast at the German national character, which as Fassbinder also showed, is not known for its warm-hearted friendliness. NOT A LOVE SONG - highly recommended!


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