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I Was a Swiss Banker (2007)

Roger is a young, dashing banker full of boyish self-confidence. He has a highly successful business, smuggling black money across the border for reinvestment. But then a split second ... See full summary »


Thomas Imbach
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beat Marti ... Roger - The Ex-Swiss Banker
Laura Drasbæk ... Patricia - The Mermaid
Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis ... Heli - The Witch
Sandra Medina Sandra Medina ... Laura - The Sheperdess
Helena Af Sandeberg ... Helena - The Seductress
Mellika Melouani Mellika Melouani ... Zahar - The Waitress (as Mellika Melani)
Angelica Biert Angelica Biert ... Violanta - The Grandmother
Lale Yavas Lale Yavas ... Banu - The Princess
Gebhart Steib Gebhart Steib ... Customs Officers Friedrichshafen
Reinhard Löffler Reinhard Löffler ... Customs Officers Friedrichshafen
Thomas Hug Thomas Hug ... Customs Officers Romanshorn
Nino Von Vacano Nino Von Vacano ... Customs Officers Romanshorn
Christoph Roth Christoph Roth ... Police Officers Bodensee
Matthias Tschumper Matthias Tschumper ... Police Officers Bodensee
Pius Reichenbach Pius Reichenbach ... Police Officer Wetzikon


Roger is a young, dashing banker full of boyish self-confidence. He has a highly successful business, smuggling black money across the border for reinvestment. But then a split second reaction changes his entire life. Flagged down one day by a customs officers, Roger loses his cool and makes a run for it. His only means of escape: diving headlong into Lake Constance, thereby catapulting himself out of his life as a banker and into a totally new universe, populated with shy mermaids decked out in Lara Croft gear, and cunning magpie witches in helicopters. As in a Grimm Brothers fairy tale, Roger has to pass three tests to cast off the witch’s curse and find happiness. His underwater journey through an intoxicatedly beautiful Switzerland is enhanced by the enchanting songs of sirens â€" a fable full of lust for life and love. Written by Anonymous

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Praise the sea, on shore remain
16 March 2007 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Mermaid", "I was a Swiss Banker" is a light-hearted gem of a summer movie. The story, set in an enchanted version of present-day Switzerland, is a lot less sombre than the fairy tale it is loosely based on. The prince is a clumsy banker, portrayed with childlike charm by Beat Marti. The mermaid (Laura Drasbæk) is a sexy diver, complete with weight belt, fishnet top and knife. The evil witch (Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis) turns out to be not so evil after all, and a lot less powerful than Andersen's sea witch. Spectacular shots of the breathtaking Swiss scenery and weather are the heartbeat of this movie, a structural technique that is emerging as Imbach's trademark. Lakes are to "I was a Swiss Banker" what the mountains are to "Lenz". Arrive early and stay for the credits.

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Official site [Switzerland]



Release Date:

11 September 2008 (Germany) See more »

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Bachim Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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