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Annaluise & Anton (1999)

Pünktchen und Anton (original title)
Pünktchen and Anton are closest of friends. Being the daughter of a wealthy surgeon, young Pünktchen lives in a great house. Her mother, who always travels through the world more for public... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elea Geissler ... Annaluise / Pünktchen
Max Felder ... Anton
... Bettina Pogge
... Richard Pogge
... Elli Gast
... Laurence
Gudrun Okras ... Dicke Bertha
... Carlos
Michael Hanemann ... Professor Bremser
... Giovanni
... Man in the pawnshop
Vincent Aydin ... Ricky
Florian Wiechmann ... Charly
Hubert Mulzer ... Police officer
Arnd Klawitter ... Card seller
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Pünktchen and Anton are closest of friends. Being the daughter of a wealthy surgeon, young Pünktchen lives in a great house. Her mother, who always travels through the world more for public relation reasons than for the social tasks she pretends to fulfill, is never available to her as a mother. Anton, son of a single and sick mother in financial trouble, does his best to help her out of it by working late. Pünktchen decides to help her only friend (as nobody else would anyway) and starts singing in public places. Trouble arises when Anton can't resist stealing a golden lighter and Pünktchen's secret life is discovered by her parents. Two troubled families finally can see the need for actions to be taken. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Die Geschichte einer wunderbaren Freundschaft, erzählt von Caroline Link.

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DEM 5,700,000 (estimated)
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Truly Recommended for the USA
12 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

This Caroline Link masterpiece deserves to be exported to the USA. Why? It can easily fall into the Kids & Family section in the USA, unlike Astrid Lindgren's films which often pack quite a punch of child nudity (remember Madicken/Madita? Even Pippi Longstocking had to be edited before being brought to the States).

This film was directed by the same gal who filmed the intense/suspenseful "Nirgendwo in Afrika" (Nowhere in Africa); besides, the same main actress of the latter, Juliane Köhler, also appears here as lovely Pünktchen's mother Bettina Pogge. Whereas Nowhere in Africa is not recommended in the USA for all ages (remember Köhler's topless & sex scenes and little Lea Kurka's nude buttocks?), having snatched instead an R rating, Pünktchen & Anton is absolutely safe for everybody; it can easily snatch either a G or a PG rating.

My favorite scene is Anton's own thrilling stunt driving the poor Volkswagen Microbus (risky, right? Kids aren't supposed to drive cars for real, but that didn't even deter Max Felder from performing his own major-league driving stunt). I think that stunt is unique in the cinematographic class (in most movies, children never really get the chance to drive cars during filming, but stunts-men do).


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