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Der Knochenmann (2009)

Private Investigator Brenner is handling a case at the grill-station "Löschenkohl". There he finds - besides some chicken - also other meat...that doesn't belong in a good meal.

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Wolf Haas (novel), Wolf Haas (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Hader ... Brenner
Josef Bierbichler ... Löschenkohl
Birgit Minichmayr ... Birgit
Christoph Luser Christoph Luser ... Porsche Pauli
Pia Hierzegger Pia Hierzegger ... Herr Alexandra Horvath
Simon Schwarz ... Berti
Dorka Gryllus Dorka Gryllus ... Valeria
Stipe Erceg ... Evgenjev
Ivan Shvedoff ... Igor
Edita Malovcic ... Anna
Gerti Drassl Gerti Drassl ... Junge Frau mit Kind
Oliver Stern Oliver Stern ... Polizeikommandant
Petr Meissel Petr Meissel ... Slowakischer Polizist
Kathrin Resetarits Kathrin Resetarits ... Kellnerin
Christian Pogats Christian Pogats ... Sänger / Play Boys
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Private Investigator Brenner is handling a case at the grill-station "Löschenkohl". There he finds - besides some chicken - also other meat...that doesn't belong in a good meal.

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Brenner ist verliebt... (Brenner is in love...)

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German | Russian | Serbian

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bone Man See more »

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€4,000,000 (estimated)
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Like in the previous Films based on his novels, author Wolf Haas has a small cameo. Unlike before not in person, but a photo of him is shown on the back cover of a nonfiction book about gender reassignment. See more »

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Slovakia is part of the Schengenarea (joined 2007). A Ukrainian passport holder with a valid visa for Slovakia does not need another visa for any other Schengencountry (Austria). The bordello owner in Bratislava paid a Slovakian policeman for getting a visa in his Ukranian passport (mistake). He speaks Russian, drives a Russian car and holds a Ukrainian passport. He needs no visa if he wants crossing the Slovakian-Austrian border. See more »

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SPOILER: Included to the declaration that no animal had been harmed during production of the film, the audience is further informed, that no human flesh was really consumed. See more »

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Great performances and Austrian dark humor
9 September 2013 | by thomaszangerlluxSee all my reviews

The great thing about crime novels is that they can take all the liberty they want to portray the problems of a society without being perceived as heavy handed, too intellectual or unpatriotic, as they can conveniently embed their criticism in the context of the crime story.

Wolf Haas' novels are by no means any exception to this rule. At a constantly high quality he manages to tell his detective stories drawing a bleak portrait of a hypocritical and morally rotten Austrian middle class with the cynical humour typical for that nation.

As with all Wolf Haas film adaptations so far, the acting in this one is first rate. Especially Josef Hader pulls off an even better version of the likable but chronically downtrodden detective Brenner. However, also some side characters such as the Löschenkohl impress with their performance.

As for the film itself, it unfortunately has a few deadbeat moments and some dialogues that move too slowly and are on the fringe of getting boring. Some scenes might also be considered as being more violent than necessary. Certain characters such as the Russian mobsters are too stereotypical to be really enjoyable.

However, the movie also features great dark humour throughout and finishes off with a furious and really enjoyable ending. Overall, I'd highly recommended it if you are into cynical society satire.


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