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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.

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Achim von Borries

Writers:

Henk Handloegten (as Hendrik Handloegten), Annette Hess | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 Holger Handtke ... Wieland
Jonas Jägermeyr Jonas Jägermeyr ... Pit
Roman Kaminski Roman Kaminski ... Vorsitzender bei Gericht
Christoph Luser Christoph Luser ... Macke
Tino Mewes ... Django
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Storyline

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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 November 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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The film takes place in 1927. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Die Liebe in Gedanken
Read by Daniel Bruehl and Anna Maria Mühe
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Interesting
20 November 2004 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

I saw this film recently at the Stockholm International Film Festival of 2004. More of a coincidence than deliberately i might add, since the premises of the film did not really seem to suit me. But being a sucker for German films (also always wanting to test my failing German language skills) i decided to give it a try, and i'm quite happy that i did.

Set in the decadent days of 1920's (or maybe 1930's?) Berlin, this is a story of world-weary rich teens looking for new kicks to make their life interesting. The two friends Günther and Paul go out one weekend to Günthers family's summer house, for partying and drinking. Troubled love is involved and soon things spiral out of control.

I did enjoy this film quite a lot. I'm sure the slow pace will put some people off, but i had no problem with it. I found the actors to be the films most prominent strength, many of them managed great performances. Also i found the lack of sex and nudity (in a film revolving mostly around love and sex) to be liberating. It never feels like exploitation.

The one thing that put me down a bit is that i don't really know what the film-makers wanted to say with this. We get a view of events happening, but where is the point of all these events? Perhaps that is for us to find out, but i still feel i would have liked some sort of closure. This is a small point though, and probably also something that won't bother most viewers. So i'm confident in recommending this to anyone interested in this kind of film. It's a nice period piece, and well worth watching if you are not put off by the somewhat slow pace.

I rate it 6/10.


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