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Finding a Wife for Dad (2002)

Wie verliebt man seinen Vater? (original title)
Julius's father concentrates so hard on his work that he does not manage to complete the necessary household tasks. Elsa thinks Julius has too little time for her because he helps so much ... See full summary »


Karola Hattop


Gabriele Herzog (screenplay), Beate Pfeiffer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sven Lubeck Sven Lubeck ... Julius Hansen
Marie Luise Stahl ... Elsa
Heinrich Schafmeister ... Prof. Hans Hansen
Johanna-Christine Gehlen Johanna-Christine Gehlen ... Nora Feldmeier (as Johanna Christine Gehlen)
Gudrun Ritter ... Oma Christa
Sabine Vitua ... Frau Kallweit
Caroline Scholze ... Wilhelmine Motzpoppel
Karin Düwel Karin Düwel ... Frau Maienzoff
Gundula Köster Gundula Köster ... Dr. Sylvia Staudte
Kerstin Hoffmann Kerstin Hoffmann ... Bäckerin Marietta König
Gerda-Maria Schultheiß Gerda-Maria Schultheiß ... Hilde Jahnke
Madeleine Lierck Madeleine Lierck ... Nachbarin Frau Furcht (as Madeleine Lierck-Wien)
Susanne Böwe Susanne Böwe ... Elsas Mutter
Guido Renner Guido Renner ... Elsas Vater
Matthias Winde Matthias Winde ... Schuldirektor


Julius's father concentrates so hard on his work that he does not manage to complete the necessary household tasks. Elsa thinks Julius has too little time for her because he helps so much with the housework. So, they decide to try to make his father fall in love and marry. Written by coyets

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An unsuccessful filming of a coupling scenario
6 January 2007 | by coyetsSee all my reviews

In the first scenes, the viewer is introduced to the three main characters, Julius, a young boy played by Sven Lubeck, his girlfriend Elsa, played by Marie-Luise Stahl, and his father, Professor Hansen played by Heinrich Schafmeister. Julius has to help out so much with the housekeeping that Elsa complains that he does not have enough time for her. His father is so deep in thought when he is working on his computer, apparently on planetary orbits, that he forgets such mundane things as soup on the stove or taps running.

I am much older than the target age group for this film, and was irritated by the exaggerated portrayal of the professor and his otherwise realistic difficulties in keeping the apartment clean and tidy and in preparing meals. However, many members of the target age group, which I estimate as being eight to eleven, would surely be amused by this feature of the film.

What I enjoyed most were the colour effects when love was being portrayed, a lovely idea which worked well in the context of this story. The professor's confession to his son that he needed help in running the apartment was easily the most realistic and touching scene. Another enjoyable feature were the animal noises from the apartment above the one which Julius and the professor live in, and the explanation thereof, which comes near the end.

The worst feature was the characters of the two leading child characters, annoyingly brash, which was typical for many East German children's films before the unification of Germany. I also thought that Julius's attempts, as stated in the original German title of the film notwithstanding the fact that the English language title is somewhat different, to get his father to fall in love were somewhat long-winded and lacking variety and imagination, though, once again, many viewers of the target age group may well disagree.

Taken as a whole, I was disappointed with this presentation of a theme which has been filmed so many times that I feel there is no room for such a dull offering.

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15 June 2008 (Hungary) See more »

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Apa és a szerelem See more »

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Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany See more »

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