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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.

Director:

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 ... 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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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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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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$1,192,335
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Paul: To Love: I didn't ask you to stay. But you stayed. I never asked you who you were Or what you wanted. You were simply there. What did you want from me, love? Was I not stronger alone? And did I ever need you? But stay a bit longer. Not long until they stop asking how I am and I stop answering, "Fine." Everyone can tell at a glance: You are here. If you ever leave me I will go with you.
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Tortured Youth
27 November 2006 | by robertconnorSee all my reviews

In Weimar Germany, school friends Paul and Günther travel to Günther's parents' summer house outside Berlin, full of plans for a drink-fuelled weekend of hedonism. Joining Günther's sister Hilde, a cocktail of unrequited sexual desire, boredom and indolence leads to tragedy.

Beautifully filmed and superbly acted film in the traditions of Gatsby and Brideshead. From an adult point of view, the idea of youth asking 'is that all there is'? is at once both trite and unsettling. Cleverly, von Borries creates a world devoid of adults, where thoughts and feelings are heightened to the point of delirium, and he is well served by his three leads - Diehl and Mühe in particular are captivating as the spoiled and indulgent brother and sister. A heady exploration of privileged, destructive youth.


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