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Vorne ist verdammt weit weg (2007)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank-Markus Barwasser Frank-Markus Barwasser ... Erwin Pelzig
Philipp Sonntag Philipp Sonntag ... Eduard Bieger
Christiane Paul ... Chantal
Peter Lohmeyer ... Johann Griesmaier
Heidi Ecks Heidi Ecks ... Hannelore Griesmaier
Tobias Oertel ... Max Kienze
Franziska Schlattner Franziska Schlattner ... Melanie Bieger
Martin Eschenbach Martin Eschenbach ... Bertram Bieger (as Martin Maria Eschenbach)
Sabrina White Sabrina White ... Lisa
Rainer Appel Rainer Appel ... Betriebsrat
Michael König Michael König ... Dr. Kipf
André Jung André Jung ... Dr. Margenmeier
Marika Giorgobiani ... Jelzinova
Jonathan Kinsler ... Dr. Mavambu
Benito Sambo Benito Sambo ... Der wahre Herr Li


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Release Date:

13 December 2007 (Germany) See more »

Filming Locations:

Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany See more »

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One of the seven children by Johann Griesmaier (Peter Lohmeyer) is in fact Lohmeyer's son. See more »

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The fridge that knows the future
18 December 2007 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

I went to see this not expecting much and was very pleasantly surprised. Thomas Heinemann's directorial debut has good timing, lovable characters and a cast of capable actors who obviously enjoy the change from the saccharine made-for-TV pieces that usually pay their rent. Philipp Sonntag as the despairing patriarch, Peter Lohmeyer as a grumpy father of seven and Christiane Paul as a classy hooker are the icing on the cake of a fine ensemble performance. Also watch out for the director's daughter Carlotta Heinemann in the part of Lohmeyer's bratty teenage daughter Mandy. The plot follows oddball bachelor Erwin Pelzig (Frank-Markus Barwasser) as he tries to make everyone see what (he thinks) is best for them. As a psychic of sorts, Pelzig is uniquely qualified to give advice and support. Most every night, an enchanted kitchen appliance gives him a glimpse of the future in the icy glare of the refrigerator light. Most movies with a social mission, such as Hans Weingartner's recent "The Edukators" and "Free Rainer", end up as political pamphlets in the guise of entertainment. By contrast, Heinemann meets capitalism on its own terms: with cunning, conspiracy and the occasional leap of faith. Go see it if you liked "Beresina". Without quite reaching the absurd abandon of Daniel Schmid's 1999 masterpiece, Thomas Heinemann is going places.

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