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Second Hand Child (2004)

Wer küßt schon einen Leguan? (original title)
Tobias, aged 13, lives in an East German city and his life is as depressing as the blocks of flats in his quarter. He doesn't know who his father is, his classmates think he is "anti social... See full summary »

Director:

Karola Hattop

Writer:

Michael Demuth
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frederick Lau ... Tobias Baumann
Michael von Au Michael von Au ... Max Feldkamp
Antje Westermann Antje Westermann ... Tobias' Mutter
Mario Irrek Mario Irrek ... Fritze
Justine del Corte Justine del Corte ... Frau Brecht
Dirk Schoedon Dirk Schoedon ... Herr Aiger
Carina Hinzen Carina Hinzen ... Lena
Sven Lubeck Sven Lubeck ... Florian
Lion Kramer Lion Kramer ... Lukas
Titus Novotny Titus Novotny ... Felix
Luise Küpper Luise Küpper ... Nicole
Jonas Richter Jonas Richter ... Daniel
Mike Delberg Mike Delberg ... Kevin / Tobias
Peter W. Bachmann Peter W. Bachmann ... Herr Fleischer
Anne-Kathrin Gummich Anne-Kathrin Gummich ... Lenas Mutter
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Tobias, aged 13, lives in an East German city and his life is as depressing as the blocks of flats in his quarter. He doesn't know who his father is, his classmates think he is "anti social" and pick on him permanently and his mother Anja lives together with the ignorant and violent Fritze. During a dispute in his class, Tobias claims that his father came back from South America with an iguana. The next day, he shows his amazed classmates and teacher the animal and a photo of his father. The problem: the iguana and the photo belong to his neighbour Max, head writer of a daily hit soap opera. When Max realizes that Tobias searches his friendship, he thinks that the boy's story could be a good plot for his show. Thus, he looks after Tobias, but Anja's suprising death changes everything.... Written by fippi2000

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Drama | Family

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simple, heart-warming movie about growing up in unfortunate circumstances
15 July 2004 | by milomayrSee all my reviews

"Wer küsst schon einen Leguan" is a down-to-Earth and true-to-life story about a kid growing up in an urban ghetto in Eastern Germany. It recounts the misery of a kid growing up with his single mother, who has enough trouble handling her life, and her dominant macho boyfriend. Badly mistreated in school because of his poor background, the kid hopes to get some respect by making his classmates believe that a neighbour, successful writer, is his father. The writer and the boy start making friends.

The storyboard is capturing, a little to romantizising at times. A simple, worthwhile and very heart-warming movie. 7/10


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Second Hand Child See more »

Filming Locations:

Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany See more »

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