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Am Tag als Bobby Ewing starb (2005)

Germany, 1986: Niels, 17, and his mother Hanne leave Bremen to live in a rural hippie community after her divorce. While Hanne falls in love with Peter, the guru, her son doesn't like him ... See full summary »


Lars Jessen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriela Maria Schmeide Gabriela Maria Schmeide ... Hanne
Franz Dinda ... Niels
Peter Lohmeyer ... Peter
Luise Helm Luise Helm ... Martina
Richy Müller ... Eckardt
Nina Petri ... Gesine
Eva Kryll Eva Kryll ... Elli
Falk Rockstroh Falk Rockstroh ... Walther
Bernhard Petersen Bernhard Petersen ... Hein
Peter Heinrich Brix ... Prestin
Jens Münchow Jens Münchow ... Rakete
Marion Breckwoldt Marion Breckwoldt ... Dörte
Jan Peter Heyne Jan Peter Heyne ... Bauer Frahm
Lisa Maria Potthoff Lisa Maria Potthoff ... Dani
Lars Gärtner ... Oliver


Germany, 1986: Niels, 17, and his mother Hanne leave Bremen to live in a rural hippie community after her divorce. While Hanne falls in love with Peter, the guru, her son doesn't like him and their new life at all. Meanwhile, Niels gets to know Martina, the mayor's daughter, and starts supporting the militant opponents of a nuclear power craft near the village. Suddenly, the news of the Chernobyl nuclear accident shocks everybody... Written by fippi2000

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Comedy | Romance



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Release Date:

2 June 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Courant alternatif See more »

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Dolby Digital


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Niels was born in 1969. See more »


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Bye, Bye Miss German Cheesecake
3 February 2006 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

This movie is a fictionalised re-narration of director and co-author Peter Jessen's experience of being dragged to a rural commune by his drop-out mother, and as such it's probably a lot more accurate than a docu-miniseries about the beginnings of the alternative/eco movement -- viz, the Mueslis, as they were so cruelly and accurately dubbed in German. Jessen achieves this by eschewing the two pitfalls of this genre, smarmy those-were-the-days nostalgia and cheap ridicule of a bunch of folks who were, at the very least, active idealists, albeit in often very smelly socks.

(Tidbit information for neophytes: Why didn't they just wash the damn socks? Well, sheep wool was considered to be so vibrantly, wholesomely natural that not only does it clean itself, but you would actually be destroy its magical self-cleaning properties by placing them in the suds. I'm not making this up -- my mother had apparently read the same book, which afforded me olfactory properties that didn't exactly enhance my social standing among my peers.)

The acting is absolutely exceptional down to the minor characters, and overall it's a wonderfully understated movie. It expects you to bring a lot of curiosity and a modicum of sympathy along, though -- if you think hippies are a bunch of commie bleeding-heart tree-huggers then you are probably better off watching something else -- Dallas, for instance.

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