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Abseits (2006)

Bennie, a very introverted person tries to find friends while playing in the internet.


Kristina Magdalena Henn, Lea Schmidbauer (co-director)


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Credited cast:
Nadine Germann Nadine Germann ... Cheyenne
Heiko Ruprecht Heiko Ruprecht ... Teacher
Paul-Louis Schopf Paul-Louis Schopf ... Benny
Tobias van Dieken ... Gin
Annabel Winkler Annabel Winkler ... Steffi


The young Benny gets to know the woman of his dreams in an online-game! For the 15 years old Benny it's hard to live in his milieu, as hardier he is as Gin in an online-game. And as this attractive bloke he gets to know the woman of his dreams. Benny bars his own way, in the way he is. In the reality. That's why he gets a new identity. In an online-football-game he becomes Gin. A big, brave, handsome man, who copes with everything. In the virtual world, he gets to know Chayenne, the girl of his dreams. They've got fun. They laugh, they play, they flirt and they arrange to meet in the real world. "In the old stadium, at nine o'clock" Chayenne whispers to him. If this is going to work? Written by Paul-Louis Schopf

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Release Date:

29 May 2006 (Germany) See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Dolby Digital


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A good take on the lure of the cyberworld to escape communications problems
6 July 2006 | by sekkSee all my reviews

The film, while short, can be read at several different levels: as a depiction of the difficulties for establishing meaningful communication with other people, as a wrenching allegory of a teenager in search for an identity, as a slightly futuristic view of the possibilities virtual worlds offer to turn you into the person you'd really like to be, and so on. Many different people will find something here they can relate to.

The music, reportedly written specially for this film, is superb. The filming itself is quite good, with intelligent use of silences and sounds, and well thought-out camera work. Lighting contributes well to the film's somewhat somber mood, and helps to separate the real from the virtual world. The acting is far better in the "real world", with very convincing performances by the two main characters. The virtual world was evidently created with a limited budget, but also with quite a bit of imagination and dedication. Give these kids a budget and they could create some quite respectable sfx.

All in all, a worthwhile, poignant short film that subtly establishes a mood and an atmosphere that linger on once the lights go back on. The film digs up and exposes something many of us, one time or another, have engaged in.

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