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The Architect (2008)

Der Architekt (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 5 February 2009 (Germany)
Accepting a prize, architect Georg Winter explains that an architect has the good fortune of measuring every completed building against the rightness of his original idea. Soon Georg ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harald Abdelhamed Harald Abdelhamed ... Kurt
Josef Bierbichler ... Georg Winter
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Roth
Maria Hofstätter Maria Hofstätter ... Kellnerin
Sandra Hüller ... Reh Winter
Hilde Van Mieghem ... Eva Winter
Erich Schröck Erich Schröck ... Steinmetz
Matthias Schweighöfer ... Jan Winter
Johannes Silberschneider ... Pfarrer
Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger ... Bauleiter
Anna Reinstadtler Anna Reinstadtler ... Tante Olla
Sophie Rois ... Hannah
Johanna Unterleitner Johanna Unterleitner ... Nachbarin
Bernhard Wolf Bernhard Wolf ... Ulrich
Maria Wolf Maria Wolf ... Maria
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Accepting a prize, architect Georg Winter explains that an architect has the good fortune of measuring every completed building against the rightness of his original idea. Soon Georg himself is forced to take stock of the achievements and mistakes he has made in his personal life. An intense drama in which the four members of the family travel to a mountain village to bury Georg's mother. They get stranded in bad weather. This unexpected isolation throws new light on the past and present life of the parents and the two almost-adult children. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

5 February 2009 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Awful
31 March 2014 | by hudini669See all my reviews

Actually, awful doesn't even begin to describe how bad this film is. It's not the campy kind of bad that eventually turns good, but a complete piece of garbage utterly devoid of any taste and/or morale.

Being an architect myself, I only wanted to see it because the title made me believe that it would have something to do with architecture. It didn't. In fact, the titular character could have just as well been a banker, a lawyer or a butcher, for that matter. Why anyone insisted on him being an architect and then going that far to even name the film after his profession is way beyond me.

Now I regret resisting the urge to switch it off after the first 20 minutes or so, because I honestly believed that it would somehow begin to make some sense until the end. Instead, I irreversibly wasted a good hour and a half of my life I could have spent way more productively, like staring at en empty wall, per instance.

To sum it up: this film has absolutely nothing to do with architecture. It could be classified as a family drama, but the purpose of its existence escapes me. If it tried to convey a message, it failed; if it tried to shock, it failed (nice try though); if it tried to be poetic, it failed miserably.

Anyone who wants to see a quality drama with a strong story, good acting and remotely plausible event development, should avoid it at any cost.

1/10


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