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Hilde's Journey (2004)

Hildes Reise (original title)
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Steff, a solitary gay man nearing middle age in Zurich, seeks capital to buy a furniture restoration business. A newspaper's funeral notice for Martin Hilder, dead from cancer, jolts him: ... See full summary »

Director:

Christof Vorster

Writers:

Christof Vorster, Gabriele Strohm (co-writer)
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Oliver Stokowski ... Stephan Bertsch, Martin's former boyfriend
Michael Finger Michael Finger ... Rex, Martin's boyfriend
Katharina von Bock Katharina von Bock ... Gina Levaggi, Martin's best friend
Heidi Maria Glössner Heidi Maria Glössner ... Mrs. Elizabeth Hilder, Martin's mother
Peter Rühring Peter Rühring ... Dr. Braun, Mrs. Hilder's lawyer
Carlos Leal ... Monk at monastery
Hans-Joachim Frick Hans-Joachim Frick ... Herr Duchamps
Manfred Heinrich Manfred Heinrich ... Pfarrer
Jesko Stubbe Jesko Stubbe ... Bankangestellter
Daniel Hartmann Daniel Hartmann ... Fremder am Fluss
Marc Schmassmann Marc Schmassmann ... Postbeamter
Andreas Loeffel Andreas Loeffel ... Hausmeister
Matthias Flückiger Matthias Flückiger ... Polizist
Stefano Wenk Stefano Wenk ... Polizist
Marwan Khattab Marwan Khattab ... Ginas Lover
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Steff, a solitary gay man nearing middle age in Zurich, seeks capital to buy a furniture restoration business. A newspaper's funeral notice for Martin Hilder, dead from cancer, jolts him: he and Martin had been lovers for three years, and Steff didn't know Martin was ill. At the funeral, Martin's gaunt lover, Rex, angrily denounces the family's denial: Martin, whom he calls "Hilde" and refers to as "she," died of AIDS. Martin's will leaves everything to Steff, plus the wish that his ashes be released into the sea off the coast of France. Martin's mother wants the estate and the ashes: she makes Steff an offer. Rex wants Martin's wishes honored. Will the ashes reach the sea? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

Swiss German

Release Date:

15 January 2004 (Switzerland) See more »

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What Hilde Wants, Hilde Gets
28 July 2007 | by robertconnorSee all my reviews

When a struggling and solitary cabinet maker learns of the death of his former lover, he is forced to reconsider his feelings and all he considers important. Is the dead man still manipulating all around him from beyond the grave?

Bitter-sweet exploration of the stages of grief, as two men, one willing, the other begrudging, accompany the deceased's ashes to scatter them on the French coast. Although the premise is simple, it is expertly handled by all concerned, led by two beautifully placed performances from and Finger and particularly Stokowski, who expertly crafts a man with such repressed and buried emotions that when the barriers are broken, the consequence is very real and very moving.

Perhaps the conclusion is a little too neat, but it's worth the ride


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