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Barefoot (2005)

Barfuss (original title)
Nick, a hedonistic bachelor, falls for an escaped mental patient.


Til Schweiger


Til Schweiger (screenplay), Jann Preuss (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Til Schweiger ... Nick Keller
Johanna Wokalek ... Leila
Nadja Tiller ... Frau Keller
Michael Mendl ... Heinrich Keller
Steffen Wink ... Viktor Keller
Alexandra Neldel Alexandra Neldel ... Janine
Imogen Kogge Imogen Kogge ... Dr. Blöchinger
Paula Paul ... Schwester Dorothee
Eric Judor ... Freier
Mark Keller Mark Keller ... Ehrmann
Gerit Kling Gerit Kling ... Bordsteinschwalbe
Metin Ilica Metin Ilica ... Zugschaffner
Janine Kunze ... Sarah Sommer
Florian Fitz ... Beamter
Michael Gwisdek ... Bahnangestellter


Nick Keller has issues in keeping a job. In this first day as a janitor at a mental hospital he gets fired. However, it is then when he meets Leila, a troubled young woman that doesn't wear any shoes, and prevents her from hanging herself. What he wouldn't expect, though, is for Leila to follow him home, which she does. She then refuses to leave his apartment and go back to the hospital. As Leila has been kept away from the world and the society, Nick engages into showing the world to the strange new girl. While trying not to lose his patience, he ends up falling for Leila. Written by Andreea D

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Nick, a hedonistic bachelor, falls for an escaped mental patient. See more »


When Dieter Huhn talks to Leila in the car, you can see his reflection on the window. You can see his mouth moving but he isn't actually speaking. See more »


Nick Keller: Don't you ever wear shoes?
Leila: No, I don't like to cage my feet.
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Remade as Barefoot (2014) See more »


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Not flawless, only wonderful...
25 January 2008 | by KWiNKSee all my reviews

You may try to dislike this dramedy. Unless you're really determined you probably won't make it. While some people may be turned off by something or other, most will have to admit that this is actually quite a nice effort from first-time-on-his-own-director and with-some-assistance-producer/writer/editor/star Schweiger. But the worst thing I can say about the movie is that the reduced color scheme didn't appeal to me all that much. Not because it was reduced, but because it made everything look as if the sun was continually setting.

Mostly it is a terribly nice little story with Wokalek's timid performance wonderfully contrasting Schweiger's character's arrogance that turns into love during the course of the movie. The character development actually works and seems pretty believable... Add some very good supporting performances from Michael Mendl, Imogen Kogge, and Steffen Wink and you get a very nice, sweetly romantic and incredibly funny picture. I wish Schweiger had managed to pull off the same trick again with "Keinohrhasen", which was nowhere near as good.

Watch it with the person you love.

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Release Date:

31 March 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


EUR4,700,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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