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Off Beat (2004)

Kammerflimmern (original title)
Traumatised paramedic looks for the woman of his dreams.

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Hendrik Hölzemann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Schweighöfer ... Crash
Jessica Schwarz ... November
Jan-Gregor Kremp Jan-Gregor Kremp ... Fido
Florian Lukas ... Richie
Bibiana Beglau ... Dr. Tod
Carlo Ljubek ... Tommy
Silas Kaul Silas Kaul ... Klein-Crash
Laura Syniawa Laura Syniawa ... Mädchen vom Dach (as Laura Charlotte Syniawa)
Katharina Lorenz ... Nachtschwester
Rosel Zech ... Oma Crash
Volker Spengler ... Hundemann
Ulrich Noethen ... Prof. Olivari
Ingeborg Westphal Ingeborg Westphal ... Frau Liebold
Christian Hoening Christian Hoening ... Herr Liebold
Hannelore Lübeck Hannelore Lübeck ... Metzgerin Bremicker
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Traumatised paramedic looks for the woman of his dreams.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Turkish

Release Date:

3 February 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Off Beat See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the Film was produced, the real 01-83-02 was under contract with the Malteser Hilfsdienst gGmbH (Order of Malta). The regular Staff was consulted by production crew and is mentioned in the credits. Every second year the Cologne Fire Brigade sets out a new contract for the different ambulances. See more »

Goofs

The Pschyrembel on the Doc's desk in the Retrospective of Crash is the newest version from 2003. So it can't be there when Crash was a young boy. See more »

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References Lassie (1954) See more »

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Rescuer, Rescue Thyself
18 April 2005 | by BachfeuerSee all my reviews

"Off Beat" is very different from other films, as its English title suggests. (The German title, Kammerflimmern, is the technical name for a deadly kind of heart attack that paramedics like the ones in the film hate to encounter.) For the first half hour, "Off Beat" is a realistic re-creation of the daily life of Crash, an EMT in Germany, his colleagues and the patients—many of whom are colorful low-lives. Only the meticulous production quality keeps the viewer aware that this is not a "reality" show. After that, the film goes its own, distinctive dramatic way. Along the way, Crash gets involved with the pregnant widow of a junkie he tried valiantly but unsuccessfully to bring through an overdose.

There will be long discussions as to whether or not there is a philosophical or religious Weltanschauung, conveyed in this film, or, if so, what it is. In the last half hour, the twists and turns become very intense and unexpected. I wonder if EMT services in Germany really have such crack professionalism to them as the ones in this film.

If is probably too much to expect, that this television film will have a USA release. I hope it will be made available for stateside audiences. To call it a change of pace is a great understatement: understated, this film is not!


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