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Cold Is the Breath of Evening (2000)

Kalt ist der Abendhauch (original title)
Love story spanning 60 years of the lives of Charlotte and Hugo. As a teenager before the war she is in love with him, but he marries her sister. They share some brief happy moments during ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Heinz Bennent ... Hugo Wimmer (alt)
Gisela Trowe Gisela Trowe ... Charlotte Hoffmann (alt)
August Diehl ... Hugo Wimmer (jung)
Fritzi Haberlandt ... Charlotte Hoffmann (jung)
André Hennicke ... Bernhard
Ingo Naujoks Ingo Naujoks ... Anton
Vadim Glowna Vadim Glowna ... Eberhard Hoffmann
Elisabeth Trissenaar ... Charlotte's Mother
Gisela Schneeberger Gisela Schneeberger ... Regine
Georgia Stahl Georgia Stahl ... Ida Hoffmann
Devid Striesow ... Ernst-Ludwig Hoffmann
David Stoy David Stoy ... Albert Hoffmann
Fabian Busch Fabian Busch ... Felix
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harald Glitz Harald Glitz ... Kunde
Jean-Luc Julien ... US Soldier (voice)


Love story spanning 60 years of the lives of Charlotte and Hugo. As a teenager before the war she is in love with him, but he marries her sister. They share some brief happy moments during the difficult post-war period, then they are separated for the longest time. They meet again as 80-year olds. Written by Marcelo R. <marcelo_fpr@hotmail.com>

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Manchmal braucht man ein ganzes Leben, um fünf Minuten glücklich zu sein.


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Release Date:

21 September 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Is the Breath of Evening See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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References Werner - Beinhart! (1990) See more »

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nice but inconsistent
12 October 2000 | by SchafranziskaSee all my reviews

"Kalt ist der Abendhauch" (which could be translated as "cold is the evening air") is a very nicely shot movie about two lovers which spans more than 50 years from the 30s to the present time. Charlotte, an old woman, is expecting a visit from her old friend Hugo and in several flashbacks she remembers the story of her life as a girl living in Berlin at the start of the Nazi reign, when she fell in love with her brother-in-law Hugo. Their love affair is intense but unhappy, since Charlotte´s sister suffers from MS and Hugo is not able to stand up to his true feelings. Unfortunately, the good and at times well-used flashback technique shows several flaws where the plot doesn´t seem to be quite as logic as it should be. For example why doesn´t Hugo marry Charlotte immediately after her sister´s death? Anyway, this is the chance for both to meet again after 50 years and they spend, well, let´s say hilarious days together with getting rid of the corpse of Charlotte´s husband (he returned as POW and got accidently killed by her as he tried to rape her...and is buried in the cellar!) which makes a really macabre but "funny" scene. All in all, a very enjoyable movie, sometimes a bit lengthy and not always logic.

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