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Fette Welt (1998)

Munich, Germany. Homeless people live under bridges, in boxes, in the subway. A life that is hard but manageable for those who do not want to or who cannot leave. Hagen Trinker, still quite... See full summary »

Director:

Jan Schütte

Writers:

Helmut Krausser (novel), Klaus Richter | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jürgen Vogel ... Hagen Trinker
Julia Kravitz ... Judith (as Julia Filimonow)
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Edgar
Sibylle Canonica ... Liane
Stefan Dietrich Stefan Dietrich ... Tom
Thomas Thieme Thomas Thieme ... Gustl
Jürgen Hentsch Jürgen Hentsch
Ursula Strätz Ursula Strätz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franz Josef Stangl Franz Josef Stangl ... Stalin
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Munich, Germany. Homeless people live under bridges, in boxes, in the subway. A life that is hard but manageable for those who do not want to or who cannot leave. Hagen Trinker, still quite young and definitely not out of possibilities to give his life a meaning, meets Judith. She is 15 and decided to quit home as she had a fight with her parents. Hagen has a crush on her but also wants to send her back into a life without a daily struggle for living. When she also falls in love with him, he takes this present gratefully. But their happiness is over as quickly as it started. Only that Hagen now has the will to do something with his life again. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

28 January 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Fat World See more »

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Budget:

DEM 4,900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not comparable with the book
3 October 2016 | by tedbenSee all my reviews

As said in other reviews the film is watchable without knowing the book behind it also due to the performance of Jürgen Vogel.

However in Helmut Kraussers book "Fette Welt" Hagen is a deeply pessimistic, cynical but yet intelligent and highly sophisticated character. Despite all of his flaws. The film can't really express these complexity not to mention the complicated connection between Judith and the protagonist, his dark childhood or, without spoiling, the revelation of Herodes at the end.

Furthermore it isn't able to transform the sober poetics and slightly philosophical passages of the book into picture or to deliver the special aesthetics towards dirt and decay described sensitively in the text.

The question is, if this is possible at all. During a few scenes the movie at least tried.


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