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Do Fish Do It? (2002)

Fickende Fische (original title)
"What does your paradise look like, then?" - "Dark. Quiet. Wet. And full of fish." Jan likes Shakespeare, water and fish. Nina likes roller-skates, cars and brightly dyed hair. Jan loves ... See full summary »

Director:

Almut Getto

Writer:

Almut Getto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tino Mewes ... Jan
Sophie Rogall ... Nina
Hans Martin Stier Hans Martin Stier ... Hanno (as Hans-Martin Stier)
Annette Uhlen Annette Uhlen ... Lena
Ferdinand Dux Ferdinand Dux ... Opa
Ellen Ten Damme Ellen Ten Damme ... Caro (as Ellen ten Damme)
Jürgen Tonkel Jürgen Tonkel ... Wolf
Angelika Milster Angelika Milster ... Angel
Adrian Zwicker Adrian Zwicker ... Jonas
Thomas Feist Thomas Feist ... Roger
Manuel Cortez ... Alf
Suzanne Vogdt Suzanne Vogdt ... Eva
Uwe Rohde Uwe Rohde ... Onkel Dieter
Veit Stübner Veit Stübner ... Dr. Weishaus
Silke Heise Silke Heise ... Schwester Hanna
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"What does your paradise look like, then?" - "Dark. Quiet. Wet. And full of fish." Jan likes Shakespeare, water and fish. Nina likes roller-skates, cars and brightly dyed hair. Jan loves Nina. Nina loves Jan, but ... Do Fish Do It? is a film about first love, the problems of growing up, the vital question if fish have sex and a threat this love is exposed to. 16-year old Jan is absent-mindedly strolling through the streets when he's run over by roller-skating Nina. As fast as she has stormed into his life, however, she rushes off again. Nina is 15 years old and full of crazy ideas. She lives together with her brother, her father and his new girlfriend. Her mother isn't in touch much. That's why there is the unconventional Angel whose own daughter disappeared years ago and who is Nina's best friend and substitute mother. Jan is a little shy, with a sheltered upbringing. Yet the image of the perfect family is an illusion. Jan feels lonely and the only person who seems to understand him ... Written by press book

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Wenn du den Richtigen gefunden hast, halt ihn fest!

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Drama

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

15 August 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Fucking Fish See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,566
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: The German theatrical version has a different ending by request of the distributor: The falling car dissolves against the sky instead of crushing into the water. The latter can be seen on the DVD and is the ending as intended by the director. See more »

Connections

References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

THE DAY IT RAINED FOREVER
Written by Ch. Neuburger, R. Arbeithuber, G. Rosenacker, M. Neuburger, R. Schaller
Performed by Slut
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very intimate!
5 August 2002 | by moviebratsSee all my reviews

Almut Getto created something only a few filmmakers are able to - an intimate portrait of young people falling in love for the first time. Although it all happens with one of the protagonists being HIV-positive, this is not another melodramatic movie about AIDS. No! "Fickende Fische" is first and above all a love story among two 16 year olds with all the normal problems, and AIDS being "just" one of them. Getto and her young actors perfectly walk the narrow line between intimate feelings and unrelenting fate - and manage to make the viewer an intimate part of this relationship.

Just as if we were one of the protagonists ourselves we feel our heart beat as they touch almost unknowingly for the first time; and feel with them each and every step of the following relationship.

"Fickende Fische" is a small movie. One of those that ask the audience to become a 16 year old boy or girl and fall in love again - and to deal with AIDS not in an AIDS-movie, but tragically and comically at the same time in a little big love story.


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