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A young Austrian survives the crash of a commercial airliner. Six years later, she's a clerk, a mother, happy. Then she dies in a car accident. Over the next year, we follow her daughter, ... See full summary »

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Barbara Albert

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Barbara Albert

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathrin Resetarits Kathrin Resetarits ... Manu
Ursula Strauss ... Andrea, Manu's best friend
Georg Friedrich ... Andreas, Manu's husband
Marion Mitterhammer Marion Mitterhammer ... Gerlinde, Manu's sister
Martin Brambach Martin Brambach ... Reini, Manu's brother
Rupert L. Lehofer Rupert L. Lehofer ... Lukas
Bellinda Akwa-Asare Bellinda Akwa-Asare ... Sandra
Gabriela Schmoll Gabriela Schmoll ... Belinda, Sandra's Mother
Christian Ghera Christian Ghera ... Heinrich
Karl Fischer ... Karl
Désirée Ourada Désirée Ourada ... Patricia
Dominik Hartl ... Kai (as Dominik Hartel)
Nicole Skala Nicole Skala ... Gabi
Deborah Ten Brink Deborah Ten Brink ... Yvonne, Manu's daughter
Alfred Worel Alfred Worel ... Josef
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A young Austrian survives the crash of a commercial airliner. Six years later, she's a clerk, a mother, happy. Then she dies in a car accident. Over the next year, we follow her daughter, who goes through various medical blood tests, her husband, her best friend who's been having an affair with her husband, her sister who trades sex for shelter, her brother and his hesitant friendship with an emotionally-locked clerk at a pharmacy, the clerk's lonely mother, an unpopular high-school student with bad skin, and the boy she may connect with, who was driving the car in the fatal crash. In happenstance are there patterns? In life is there meaning? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official site [Austria]

Country:

Austria | Germany | Switzerland

Language:

German

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Radicals See more »

Filming Locations:

Bratislava, Slovakia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,443, 25 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,804, 14 April 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References Hundstage (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Nights in White Satin
Written by Justin Hayward
Performed by The Moody Blues
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Free radicals
2 September 2007 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

This Austrian movie has reached Sweden recently. It's the "Short Cuts" concept again, but that form seems to inspire script writers and directors to great achievements.

This is about the post consuming area. The phase when everybody seems to accept the society they are living in without protest. But typical for that area is the frustration which finds it way otherwise.

Because everybody is unhappy here. Whatever their goals are, friendship, love, a dead mother, everything is a disappointment. Nothing can be reached. And the point is that nothing is their own fault. The people are not blamed and that's hopeful and maybe a prediction of what is to follow after the consumerism era is over.


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