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The Giraffe (1998)

Meschugge (original title)
Unrated | | Thriller | 11 March 1999 (Germany)
Lena Katz, who is German, and David Fish, who is American, are Jews who live in New York. When Lena's mother, who arrives from Germany, meets her at a hotel, she finds an almost-dead woman ... See full summary »

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Dani Levy (co-director), Maria Schrader (co-director)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Schrader ... Lena Katz
Dani Levy ... David Fish
David Strathairn ... Charles Kaminski
Nicole Heesters ... Anna Katz (Lena's mother)
Jeffrey Wright ... Win
Lynn Cohen ... Ruth Fish (David's mother)
Lukas Ammann ... Eliah Goldberg / Max Weiss
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Rahel Fish (as Stephanie Roth)
R.J. Cutler ... Rahel's husband
Erin Rakow Erin Rakow ... Slavie Fish
Daniel Mastroianni Daniel Mastroianni ... Menachem Fish
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Lt. Lynch
Mario Giacalone Mario Giacalone ... Det. Pucci
Mark Zimmerman Mark Zimmerman ... Bregman
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Rita Teichmann
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Lena Katz, who is German, and David Fish, who is American, are Jews who live in New York. When Lena's mother, who arrives from Germany, meets her at a hotel, she finds an almost-dead woman lying on the hotel floor. She accompanies the injured woman to the hospital and meets David, who is the woman's son. After David's mother dies from the injuries, a question remains: was she murdered? The trail leads to Germany. Apparently, Lena's mother has some kind of relationship with David's mother that reaches back into the dark German history of the 1940s. Written by Marco Radke <meteomara@gmx.de>

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The novel "Meschugge" by Kenneth Abel (aka Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky) published in Germany by rororo in 1999 was a novelization of this movie, not the basis of the screenplay. See more »

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References K (1997) See more »

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great, complex story
29 March 1999 | by TichySee all my reviews

This film has one of the most complex stories I have ever seen. Some films could be easily shortened to the half. This movie is very different, there is stuff enough for two or three movies in it. Every time you think you could not be surprised, the whole story takes another direction. And in the end you are informed the story is actually true.

Very good play, very good cuts. Very good actors. I enjoyed every minute.


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