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Free Radicals (2003)

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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 »


Barbara Albert


Barbara Albert
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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 ... Gerlinde, Manu's sister
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


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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Mosaic of People's Lives Recovering from an Accident
2 November 2003 | by jazzestSee all my reviews

Parallel stories about various people in recovering process from a car accident are interwoven into one picture. The director has craftsmanship to incorporate different styles of genre films, such as horror, coming-of-age, and arthouse-erotica. The influence from several European melodrama giants, namely Fassbinder and Almodovar, also permeates on the screen. The rare feeling, which only occurs when I witness the moment of a new talent's emergence, caught me while I was watching this film at New York Film Festival 2003.

The screenplay is questionable; the plane crash at the beginning is barely related to the rest of the whole film. The director's explanation in Q&A session at the Festival, that the crash indicates chaos, irony and unpredictability of life in the relation to the entire story, doesn't convince me enough. Also, a bundle of absolutely separate stories, which don't interact with each other, may look dated in the future, though it is admittedly faddish at this moment.

Several choices of music, such as Take On Me and San Francisco, are so personal that the director's feeling may not be conveyed to the audience.

Overall, this is an unpolished but young and energetic film, which shows the director's promising future.

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Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Radicals See more »

Filming Locations:

Bratislava, Slovakia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,443, 25 July 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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