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Night Shapes (1999)

Nachtgestalten (original title)
The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants. The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi ... See full summary »

Director:

Andreas Dresen

Writer:

Andreas Dresen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Myriam Abbas Myriam Abbas ... Hanna (as Meriam Abbas)
Dominique Horwitz ... Victor
Oliver Breite Oliver Breite ... Jochen (as Oliver Bäßler)
Susanne Bormann ... Patty
Michael Gwisdek ... Peschke
Ricardo Valentim Ricardo Valentim ... Feliz
Ade Sapara ... Ricardo
Imogen Kogge Imogen Kogge ... Rita
Horst Krause ... Taxifahrer / Cab Driver
Axel Prahl Axel Prahl ... Polizist / Police Officer
Carmen-Maja Antoni Carmen-Maja Antoni ... Frau im Hospitz / Woman in Hospice
Ursula Karusseit Ursula Karusseit ... Frau Gerhardt
Dagmar Sitte Dagmar Sitte ... Kellnerin / Waitress
Christel Peters Christel Peters ... Alte Dame / Old Lady
Josefine Leuschner Josefine Leuschner ... Rote
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The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants. The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi drivers, in search of a little bit of happiness, all end up going for a harrowing odyssey through the labyrinth of the big city. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 August 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Budget:

DEM 3,500,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A bright spot in a rather dull festival
15 March 2000 | by k_landsurveySee all my reviews

I just thought that someone who is neither German nor living in Germany should comment on this wonderful film (which I saw as a part of this year's E.E.C. film festival in Prague). The form and content of this movie are very familiar, things that people who are fond of the cinema will have seen a thousand times and more. Life, however, hasn't changed much in a lot of particulars since humans began to walk upright, and the question for me is whether or not the director used these familiar materials to fashion characters that I cared about and a story that engaged me - I say a definite yes on both counts. This film was only 90 minutes long, but could easily have been twice that length without my noticing. This was one of the best German films I've seen in years!...


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