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The Architect (2008)

Der Architekt (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 5 February 2009 (Germany)
Georg is a 58-year-old successful architect. When he learns by phone that his mother had died in his home village in the Alps, he initially did not inform his wife Eva about the death. ... See full summary »

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Ina Weisse
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Harald Abdelhamed Harald Abdelhamed ... Kurt
Josef Bierbichler ... Georg Winter
Hark Bohm ... Roth
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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Georg is a 58-year-old successful architect. When he learns by phone that his mother had died in his home village in the Alps, he initially did not inform his wife Eva about the death. Later he drives her and his adult children Reh and Jan to the funeral in the car. He had not been to his home village for twenty years; he hides the secret of having an illegitimate son there. At the funeral, he tries not to show his restlessness. When the return trip is blocked due to the weather and the family cannot leave the village, the pastor Georg and his family ask for the will to be opened. His great love Hannah, an ex-teacher and his illegitimate son Alex are also present. His mother used her grandson Alex as the sole heir. The truth about his double life comes to light. Eva and the children are stunned. Written by Wiki

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Life catches up with everyone
22 June 2009 | by LazySodSee all my reviews

At the start of this drama an architect is told about the death of his mother. Having grown apart from her he isn't in the biggest rush to go out to the far away little village to bury her but his wife pushes him on and they go anyway - father, mother and two kids. Once there it becomes clear that there are more things going on than should be - parts of the past of the man get out in the open and not of all of them are nice ones.

And with that this dramatic story of a family begins. It doesn't take any effort to predict where it all will end but the way to get there is more than entertaining enough to keep the film interesting. Life isn't necessarily beautiful - it's a series of happenings and choices and sometimes the ending result of those make sure that people that once decided to stay together for the rest of their lives do no longer wish to do so. This film clearly shows what happens when one does not take the full responsibility for a mistake after it is made. It's a fairly painful message, and a long lingering dark after thought.

7 out of 10 broken homes


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German

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1.85 : 1
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