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Grill Point (2002)

Halbe Treppe (original title)
Two pairs, each married for quite a long time, are living in a small east German town. The film focuses on the relationships between each of the four people and what happens when an affair ... See full summary »

Director:

Andreas Dresen

Writers:

Andreas Dresen, Cooky Ziesche (dramaturge)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steffi Kühnert ... Ellen
Gabriela Maria Schmeide Gabriela Maria Schmeide ... Katrin
Thorsten Merten ... Christian
Axel Prahl Axel Prahl ... Uwe
Julia Ziesche Julia Ziesche ... Julia
Jens Graßmehl Jens Graßmehl ... Jens
Mascha Rommel Mascha Rommel ... Mascha
Gregor Ziesche Gregor Ziesche ... Gregor
Christine Schorn Christine Schorn ... Frau in der Parfümerie
Miro De Vittoris Miro De Vittoris ... Bauunternehmer
Eberhard Urban Eberhard Urban ... Eberhard
Ralf Schönknecht Ralf Schönknecht ... Schöni
Doris Schlingmann Doris Schlingmann ... Doris
Knut Elstermann Knut Elstermann ... Knut
André Schneider André Schneider ... Nachrichtensprecher
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Two pairs, each married for quite a long time, are living in a small east German town. The film focuses on the relationships between each of the four people and what happens when an affair takes place between two of them who are not married to each other and logically betraying the two remaining characters. This event leads to deep thoughts about marriage, friendship, relationships and last not least life itself. Written by Benjamin Stello

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

3 October 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Grill Point See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,022,427
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Gator's Grin
Performed by 17 Hippies
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17 Hippies downstairs
18 December 2002 | by sicherdiggerSee all my reviews

I was not sure what sort of film I was going to watch, when I was entering the movie theater, but I liked Halbe Treppe, although it was VERY influenced by Scandinavian Dogma-releases and therefore very hyped in recent German press releases. The story itself is not that much complex: two couples, of the one the man and of the other the woman become unfaithful... But the gags in-between are terrific. There is this running gag on the 17 hippies playing music in front of the snack box, or the other one concerning Britney Spears, whose music is always running in the background, when scenes were shot at the local radio station. Many devices of the Dogma manifesto were used in this film: no artificial setting, laymen-acting, hand camera a.s.o., but the splendour of a "Idioterne" (Lars von Trier, 1998) or "Festen" (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998) is not achieved. Nevertheless, I liked the movie and was surprised, since most recent German releases bored me a lot. 8* (out of 10*)


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