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Love in Thoughts (2004)

Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken (original title)
A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.


Achim von Borries


Henk Handloegten (as Hendrik Handloegten), Annette Hess | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Brühl ... Paul Krantz
August Diehl ... Günther Scheller
Anna Maria Mühe ... Hilde Scheller
Jana Pallaske ... Elli
Thure Lindhardt ... Hans
Verena Bukal Verena Bukal ... Rosa
Julia Dietze ... Lotte
Buddy Elias ... Dr. Frey
Luc Feit Luc Feit ... Zipfer
Marius Frey Marius Frey ... Bittner
Holger Handtke ... Wieland
Jonas Jägermeyr Jonas Jägermeyr ... Pit
Roman Kaminski Roman Kaminski ... Vorsitzender bei Gericht
Christoph Luser Christoph Luser ... Macke
Tino Mewes ... Django


Weimar, Germany, in 1927. Best friends Günther and Paul ask themselves: is that really it, the highest point in life? They are convinced that they want to enjoy their lives to the full and without compromises - and they demand the same of love. Together with Günther's sister Hilde they spend a weekend in a summer house in the country, outside Berlin. Paul is fascinated by the girl and falls in love with her. And at first it looks like Paul's feelings are returned. But Hilde loves another. Secretly, she's meeting with a young, good-looking boy named Hans - Günther's former lover. But Hans, who works in the kitchen of a restaurant/dance club, is a young man from a much lower class. Then an excessive party takes place in the garden of the summer house. When Hans surprisingly joins the celebration, a roller coaster ride of feelings is set into motion which soon gets very much out of control. Written by Philip S. Christensen

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Drama | Romance


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The film takes place in 1927. See more »


The film is set in 1927, the song "Mir ist so nach dir" which was played in the film was released in 1930. See more »


Günther: Maybe it's true that people are only truly happy once in their lives. Just once. And then they are punished for it. For the rest of their lives. The punishment is that they never forget that one moment.
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Nacht im Garten
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German Cinema on a high international level
13 March 2004 | by VisbySee all my reviews

First of all: I really enjoyed this movie. I found it great. Secondly: Yes, there are a few points you might want to critisise. The question is: Do you really care about these points? The pros definitely overweight the contras though.

It was one of those movies I felt comfortable with from the first second on. It is slow, it is poetic and you have that constant feeling of melancholy and sadness surrounding you. It is kept in amazingly filmed pictures. The soundtrack simply stunned me. Not to mention the three main characters. It is nothing like any other german movie I have ever seen and I never felt like watching a german movie because it is made on an international, hollywood-like level (meant in a true positive sense!).

To give any movie the label `based on a true story' is always a bit cheap. But I generously forget about that and enjoy `a story of two young men, lost in love and life'. Yes - clothes, haircuts and make ups might not (fully) correspond to what it was really like in the 1920ies. Their lifestyle shown and the emancipated way women behave, might have been to advanced for that time. But I just don't know. I could imagine wealthy people to behave like this, in the roaring Twenties, after World War I.

If you like slow, poetic movies - you should give it a try. It very much reminded of `lost and delirious', it has got a bit of `dead poets society' and (the calm, peaceful moments in) `the thin red line'.

But if you expect another of those `typical' german movies produced in the last few years (which I find great too) and which mostly have similar plots and a similar character, you might feel in the wrong spot.

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24 November 2004 (Germany) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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