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Gran Paradiso (2000)

Three jailers, a wheelchaired man and a mentally handicapped girl climb a mountain in the alps along with their supervisors.


Miguel Alexandre


Georg Heinzen
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Ken Duken ... Mark
Regula Grauwiller Regula Grauwiller ... Lisa
Gregor Törzs Gregor Törzs ... Wolf
Max Herbrechter Max Herbrechter ... Martin
Frank Giering ... Edwin
Erhan Emre Erhan Emre ... Rocky
Alexander Hörbe Alexander Hörbe ... Harpo
Antje Westermann Antje Westermann ... Rosi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerhard Garbers Gerhard Garbers ... Gatterburg
Monika Häckermann Monika Häckermann ... Pflegerin
Rainer Werner Rainer Werner ... Ray Ban


Three jailers, a wheelchaired man and a mentally handicapped girl climb a mountain in the alps along with their supervisors.

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. Deutschland





Release Date:

9 November 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gran Paradiso - Aufbruch ins Leben See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Cowgirl (2004) See more »

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Triumph of the human spirit
28 September 2005 | by Andy EthellSee all my reviews

Sometimes you sit down channel surfing passing the time of day or night and come across a film that is simply awe inspiring.

In Australia we have two non-commercial national TV stations, ABC & SBS. SBS is good because it usually, provided no sport, shows 2-3 foreign (ie non-English speaking films per week), ad-free and with sub titles.

I was intrigued because beginning of film featured a social worker; an injured young man; his depression with becoming paralysed whilst on the way to climb the Gran Paradiso with his father (his father died in the accident) and her attempts to help him by using prisoners from a reform school.

I love films that feature mountains (eg K2, Cliffhanger) and this was more a human drama that action packed as the before mentioned films.

The mountain is a symbol for us all to conquer when we face our fears and inadequacies. I will never conquer 'my mountain'. Both times I watched this film I had tears on my face at the end. I am sure that for many viewers it will have a similar effect.

It is good that the European countries try to maintain their own TV & film industries. This is distinctly European without the overt sentimentality associated with similar American tearjerkers.

Having said that no-one can produce domestic (ie within households)crime & drama and psychological films like the Americans, especially those films set in small-town or suburban USA.

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