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Our Island in the South Pacific (1999)

Südsee, eigene Insel (original title)
Due to certain circumstances a family can't travel for holidays, thus they secretly spend the time in their cellar so as not to let the neighbors know.


Thomas Bahmann


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Knaup ... Albert
Andrea Sawatzki ... Sabine
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Sandra
Ben Becker ... Dr. H. Kupert
Nils Nelleßen ... Fred
Katharina Abt ... Melanie Kupert
Heinrich Giskes Heinrich Giskes ... Herr Philipp
Jürgen Schornagel ... Herr Bohmland
Harald Leipnitz ... Dr. Tietze
Franka Potente ... Kassiererin
Oliver Korittke ... Rocco Getriebe
Steffen Wink ... Herr Nabroth
Hilmi Sözer Hilmi Sözer ... Taxifahrer I
Patrizia Moresco Patrizia Moresco ... Frau Philipp
Kerstin De Ahna ... Frau Tietze


Due to certain circumstances a family can't travel for holidays, thus they secretly spend the time in their cellar so as not to let the neighbors know.

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Germans CAN do comedy
1 February 2001 | by mar9See all my reviews

Not-bad German film that gets you in if you can deal with a slightly slow start. An upper middle-class exec discovers that he is broke and on the verge of losing his job just as he is about to leave on a South Pacific holiday (which hasn't been paid for) with his wife and daughter.

Initially there is panic and fragmentation of the family as they each try their own ways to best deal with the crisis. But as their options disappear one by one, the family is forced to retreat back to the family home, hiding in their basement (which is conveniently spacious and well-appointed, including, bizarrely, a swimming pool) so the neighbours will think that they have in fact gone on their holiday. This however proves a godsend as they are able by remaining hidden to discover crucial things about neighbours and work colleagues that they would not otherwise have known. The film explores themes of middle class neurosis that seem on the surface to be particularly German but in fact apply to all suburban Westerners - adult male identity, alienation within marriage, work as identity, and how our lives are governed by the opinions of our neighbours.

At first Albert the husband comes across as a bumbling no-hoper and his wife Sabine treats him as such, but as their situation becomes more desperate, Albert, Sabine and daughter Sandra grow closer and begin to work as a team to overcome the escalating sequence of problems they must face.

And if the ending doesn't raise a smile, you just didn't get it. Make the effort and deal with the subtitles, this film is worth a look.

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8 July 1999 (Germany) See more »

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