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Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to ... See full summary »

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Stefan Ruzowitzky

Writers:

Peter Engelmann (dramaturge), Stefan Ruzowitzky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franka Potente ... Paula Henning
Benno Fürmann ... Hein
Anna Loos ... Gretchen
Sebastian Blomberg ... Caspar
Holger Speckhahn Holger Speckhahn ... Phil
Traugott Buhre ... Prof. Grombek
Oliver Wnuk ... Ludwig (as Oliver K. Wnuk)
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey ... David
Andreas Guenther ... Franz (as Andreas Günther)
Antonia Cäcilia Holfelder Antonia Cäcilia Holfelder ... Gabi
Rüdiger Vogler ... Dr. Henning
Barbara M. Ahren Barbara M. Ahren ... Frau Henning (as Barbara-Magdalena Ahren)
Werner Dissel Werner Dissel ... Paulas Großvater
Gennadi Vengerov ... Präparator
Thomas Meinhardt Thomas Meinhardt ... Professor in München
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Storyline

Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, and uncovers a gruesome conspiracy perpetrated by an Antihippocratic secret society operating within the school. Written by Alexander Lum

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Taglines:

They can't wait to get their hands on you. Your end is only the beginning. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror violence/gore, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Latin

Release Date:

3 February 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Anatomia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 8,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,725, 10 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,725, 10 September 2000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The models used in the film were inspired by Dr. Gunther von Hagens popular exhibition "Body Works" in which real cadavers are plasticized after being dissected. One character even mentions this process when we see the hall for the first time at the beginning of the film, but no real cadavers were used as the director thought it "too macabre". The models were created by a team headed by Joachim Grüninger and Birger Laube. The models were so accurate and detailed that the film's medical advisers thought they could be used as actual teaching specimens. See more »

Goofs

When Paula goes to the police to report the AAA, she cannot provide David's last name. Right in the previous scene with Hein at the library, he mentions that "she should stop investigating the death of her friend, David Rolof". See more »

Quotes

Prof. Grombek: [first words - as med student works over cadaver bare-handed] Gloves Kaminski, gloves. The lady's a study aid, not Sharon Stone.
student hecklers: Yeah, Kaminski instincts are very basic... They're more fun when they're alive.
Prof. Grombek: Alright, pipe down. That's enough for this group. Ever seen a drowning victim? Tomorrow's putrefaction day.
Paula Henning: Uh, professor? There seems to be some kind of anomaly in the pelvic region.
Prof. Grombek: A penis per chance? It's not an anomaly, it's that little boys are created differently than little girls. ...
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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1971
Freddy Fresh (as Frederick Schmid))
© Edition XIX Publishing
by Freddy Fresh
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Germany) GmbH and the BMG UFA Music Publishing Houses
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A mess.
22 June 2008 | by pmdawnSee all my reviews

Okay, I had reasonably high expectations for this. The controversial subject matter was a good concept. As a horror fan I admit I was fascinated and very excited about this.

It turns out they had a great idea, but it was terribly executed. Let's see. This movie seems to run in 3 modes: Happy, Sex and Dark. The problem is that the movie never decides what it wants to be. The "Happy" parts I believe were meant to contrast with the "Dark" parts, but it doesn't work. The soundtrack is one of the reasons.

The movie transitions between these 3 modes very badly, I can't even begin to say how much the directing and editing suck. There's sex in the most unappealing and unerotic way. I'm not complaining but even for Horror standards they were unnecessary and filler.

The characters are all unlikeable with the exception of Paula (Potente). Her friend from Munich is a slut and possibly one of the most annoying characters in movies I've come across recently.

There's a bit of plot which I won't go into detail... It's not stupid and in more talented hands would make a good movie. There's even a nice twist and a cool conspiracy going on. Don't try to understand everything because there are giant plot holes here.

It's all so shoddily done that you don't care for the victims, the perpetrators, anyone. And to think this could have been great. I can say ONE good thing about it which is, the movie shed some light on today's unethical medical procedures. With genetics and controversial sciences advancing, this could have been a great philosophical film that raises and discusses these questions. But you won't find that here, just a series of scenes loosely pasted together with people and things that you don't care about.

Skip this and go watch Flatliners instead, you're welcome.

3/10


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