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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 »

Director:

Barbara Albert

Writer:

Barbara Albert
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Connections

References Magnolia (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Take on me
Written by Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pål Waaktaar
Performed by A-Ha
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Unsatisfying Altmanesque exercise
23 October 2003 | by dean237See all my reviews

Barbara Albert's Altman-by-way-of-Austria was the least impressive movie I saw at the festival. Following the life of a woman named Manu, the only survivor of a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, Free Radicals branches off into the troubled lives of her satellites, her friends who fight off loneliness with the same fervor that she does. Their circumstances are no less tragic to them; one overweight woman is so despondent in her loneliness that she throws herself in front of a train (and survives, ridiculously). Another fights with an older, crippled lover who beats her if she comes in late. Manu's daughter dances briefly and sweetly with a guitarist who plays `San Francisco' for her in a subway station. The idea here is that we are all interconnected, but the movie plays this with embarrassing sentimentality. It has its moments-I love the scene where members of a church choir sing along with `Nights in White Satin' in a darkened pub-but overall, Free Radicals feels juvenile.


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Country:

Austria | Germany | Switzerland

Language:

German

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bratislava, Slovakia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,443, 25 July 2004

Gross USA:

$1,443

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,371
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Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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