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Engel & Joe (2001)

A love story about a 17 year old punk-rocker and a 15 year old runaway girl.


Vanessa Jopp


Kai Hermann (screenplay), Vanessa Jopp (author) (co-writer) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stadlober ... Engel
Jana Pallaske ... Joe
Lena Sabine Berg Lena Sabine Berg ... Meret, Joes Mutter
Mirko Lang Mirko Lang ... Alex
Stefanie Mühlhan Stefanie Mühlhan ... Spasti (as Steffi Mülhan)
Nadja Bobyleva ... Asi
Oliver Wolter Oliver Wolter ... Maria
Michel Besl Michel Besl ... Stinki
Simon Solbert Simon Solbert ... Ringo
Dorina Maltschewa Dorina Maltschewa ... Mücke
David Winter David Winter
André Dietz ... Olaf
Manuel Cortez
Markus Meisinger Markus Meisinger
Caro Scrimali Caro Scrimali ... (as Carolin Gralla)


The runaway teenager Joe leaves her dysfunctional mother after being beaten by her lover Harry. She meets Engel and his punk friends on the streets and the boy shelters her in the abandoned building where he lives. Engel tells Joe that he dreams of living in the mountains in a community of his own, raising animals and planting his own food, and they fall in love with each other. When Joe gets pregnant, the young couple face serious problems because of their unemployment & homelessness. When Engel then gets addicted to drugs, he drags Joe down with him to a life that includes prostitution, but ultimately there is a light at the end of the tunnel for them. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance


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Engel: Where do you want to go?
Joe: Away.
Engel: Where?
Joe: Maybe to the sea.
Engel: The sea is okay... But I'm going to the mountains. I have a plan. To start a community. An anarchist community. With some cows and sheep and garden... A self - sufficient culture, see? They did that in the 70's... but they failed, because they weren't real anarchists.
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Simplicity doing miracles
5 January 2003 | by aristofanisSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Montreal festival back in 2001 and had great impressions from this fine example of today's German cinema. Youthful, dynamic, humane are few adjectives to be used for this very touching story of two young marginalized youths who go against all odds to survive physically and emotionally. The camera portrays the big city's underground culture and touches problems of today with directness and precision. Great naturalistic performances from promising young actors!

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Release Date:

25 October 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Engel + Joe See more »


Box Office


DEM5,800,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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