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Agnes and His Brothers (2004)

Agnes und seine Brüder (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 14 October 2004 (Germany)
This drama focuses on three very different siblings, all searching for happiness. Hans-Jörg is a sex addicted librarian, who is interested in young students. Werner is a successful ... See full summary »

Director:

Oskar Roehler

Writer:

Oskar Roehler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Weiß ... Agnes Tschirner
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Hans-Jörg Tschirner
Herbert Knaup ... Werner Tschirner
Katja Riemann ... Signe Tschirner
Tom Schilling ... Ralf Tschirner
Suzan Anbeh ... Desiree
Vadim Glowna Vadim Glowna ... Günther Tschirner
Margit Carstensen ... Roxy
Lee Daniels ... Henry Preminger
Marie Zielcke ... Nadine
Oliver Korittke ... Rudi
Martin Semmelrogge ... Manni Moneto
Martin Feifel ... Hannes
Sven Martinek ... Jürgen
Til Schweiger ... Freund in Bibliothek
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Storyline

This drama focuses on three very different siblings, all searching for happiness. Hans-Jörg is a sex addicted librarian, who is interested in young students. Werner is a successful politician with a dysfunctional family. Agnes, a transsexual, works as a table dancer in a nightclub. The three brothers just have one thing in common: their longing for a happy life... Written by fippi2000

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Taglines:

... auf dem Weg ins Glück (... on the way to happiness)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

14 October 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Agnes and His Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,544, 11 June 2006

Gross USA:

$2,731

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,517,732
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The storyline involving Werner borrows heavily from the storyline involving Gary in Jonathan Franzen's novel "The Corrections":
  • The son spies on his father with video cameras that he has set up all over the house.
  • The relationship with his wife has almost turned to hatred with his wife thinking of him as a loser.
  • The wife bonds with the son on his "hobby" of spying thus stripping Werner of all authority.
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Connections

References Boogie Nights (1997) See more »

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Is dysfunction interesting?
8 March 2008 | by edchin2006See all my reviews

So many films are just "over the top" that it's refreshing to see one that has such a real "feel" to it.

I liked the cuts and transitions which interweave the lives of the brothers. The blending of three very different lives and personalities complete a fascinating portrait of a family. In a way it might have been "3 brothers and their father". (His character was not developed, but the three brothers' relationship to him made him a central figure.) That there is something dysfunctional within the film could be inferred from the title, but that does not imply anything interesting nor worthwhile in the film. Happily, it is interesting and fascinating.

I don't know if all dysfunctional families are interesting, but this one certainly is. Possibly, it is because the characters are so well developed that we can empathize with them. All in all - quite enjoyable.


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