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Nowhere in Africa (2001)

Nirgendwo in Afrika (original title)
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A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.

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Caroline Link

Writers:

Caroline Link, Stefanie Zweig (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliane Köhler ... Jettel Redlich
Merab Ninidze ... Walter Redlich
Sidede Onyulo Sidede Onyulo ... Owuor
Matthias Habich ... Walter Süßkind
Lea Kurka Lea Kurka ... Regina Redlich (younger)
Karoline Eckertz Karoline Eckertz ... Regina Redlich - Older
Gerd Heinz Gerd Heinz ... Max
Hildegard Schmahl Hildegard Schmahl ... Ina
Maritta Horwarth Maritta Horwarth ... Liesel
Regine Zimmermann ... Käthe
Gabrielle Odinis Gabrielle Odinis ... Dienstmädchen Klara
Bettina Redlich Bettina Redlich ... Mrs. Sadler
Julia Leidl Julia Leidl ... Inge
Mechthild Großmann Mechthild Großmann ... Elsa Konrad
Joel Wajsberg Joel Wajsberg ... Hubert
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Storyline

A Jewish family in Germany emigrate short before the Second World War. They move to Kenya to start running a farm, but not all members of the family come to an arrangement with their new life. Shortly after their departure, things are changing in Germany very quickly, and a turning back seems impossible. So everyone has to arrange himself with the new life in a new continent. Written by Benjamin Stello

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One family's tale of a homeland lost... and a homeland found. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

English | Swahili | German

Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nowhere in Africa See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,070, 9 March 2003

Gross USA:

$6,180,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,322,180
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

After giving the radio to Walter, Susskind wishes him good luck with the well; as he drives away, the reflection of the camera truck can be seen on the door of his truck, and the tire tracks from the camera truck are visible as the camera backs up. See more »

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Max: One person always loves more. That's what makes it so difficult. And the one who loves more is vulnerable.
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Adorable, Wonderful, Delightful – I do not Have Enough Words to Express How Beautiful This Tale About the Life of an Expatriated Family in Times of War Is!
16 November 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1937, the non-orthodox Jewish German lawyer Walter Redlich (Merab Ninidze), aware of the growing of the Nazi movement in Germany and how it would jeopardize the Jews in his country, moves alone to Nairobi, Kenya, to administrate a farm. His only friend is the also Jewish German Süßkind (Matthias Habich) and his African cooker Owuor (Sidede Onyulo). In 1938, his spoiled wife Jettel Redlich (Juliane Köhler) and their young daughter Regina (Lea Kurka / Karoline Eckertz) arrive. Regine easily adapts to her new lifestyle, but Jettel does not adapt to her new condition of poor expatriated woman in Africa. Along the years, bursts the Second World War, and the Redlich family experiences the most different situations until 1947.

Adorable, wonderful, delightful – I do not have enough words to express and describe how beautiful this tale about the life of an expatriated family in times of war is! The running time is 141 minutes, but it could be longer so lovely the Redlich family saga is. There is drama, action, romance, sympathy, love, hate, the most different sensations and feelings are transmitted to the viewer in this stunning movie. A must-see film indicated for the whole family. Congratulations to the writer, director, cast and the whole crew who have developed such a wonderful entertainment. 'Nirgendwo in Afrika' is certainly one of the best movies I have watched in the last years. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): 'Lugar Nenhum na África' ('Nowhere in Africa')


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