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A successful artist loses control of his life after his young daughter's death. A chance for a new start appears, but all is not what it seems.

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Anno Saul

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Jan Berger (screenplay), Akif Pirinçci (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mads Mikkelsen ... David Andernach
Jessica Schwarz ... Maja Andernach
Valeria Eisenbart Valeria Eisenbart ... Leonie Andernach
Thomas Thieme Thomas Thieme ... Siggi Butschma
Tim Seyfi ... Max Oelze
Stefan Gebelhoff Stefan Gebelhoff ... Paul Wiegand
Suzan Anbeh ... Susanne Wiegand
Heike Makatsch ... Gia
Nele Trebs ... Nele Wiegand
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Edgar Keun
Karsten Dahlem Karsten Dahlem ... Polizist 1
René Lay René Lay ... Polizist 2
Christof Düro ... Fahrer Kleinbus
Lena Sabine Berg Lena Sabine Berg ... Henriette Zahnert (as Sabine Berg)
Patrick Heinrich Patrick Heinrich ... Segej
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David Andernach (Mads Mikkelsen) lives non-chalantly at the height of his success as a painter, as a tragic misfortune befalls him from one second to the other. While he is paying his beautiful neighbor a visit, his daughter Leonie drowns in the pool of his house. Tormented by guilt, David turns into a wreck. His life is no longer under control, especially since his wife Maja (Jessica Schwarz) can never forgive him. Completely at the end he wants to kill himself jumping in the same pool, but at the last moment is saved by a friend. But as the guilt-ridden man has fallen in the greatest despair, a butterfly flapping on his nose leads him to a door, actually more an underground tunnel. On the other side he finds life as it was before. He gets back to the all-important moment and so given the opportunity to save his daughter. But even with his own ego, which is just on the road to regret his infidelity. Conscious as never before of those who have always loved him, the auspicious ... Written by bobbuckingham

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

26 November 2009 (Germany) See more »

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The film was set intentionally in no specific city or country so the story could take place in any Northern European city (the exterior shots were filmed mostly in Potsdam, Germany). This is recognizable by the fact that the vehicle licence plates have no format used in the EU, the uniforms of the police officers are just plain black and the police car has no markings. See more »

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Moving story around time travel. The usually annoying paradoxes do not stand in the way of enjoying it fully
24 April 2011 | by JvH48See all my reviews

I saw this film as part of the "Imagine" film festival 2011 in Amsterdam. It's about time travel, and the usual unavoidable paradoxes make me cringe on average. Don't ask me, for instance, how and why the main character moves 5 years back in time to arrive exactly a few minutes before the dramatic drowning of his daughter. Of course (?), he arrives just in time to rescue her and to literally start a new life. And then he suddenly meets his five years younger counterpart...

Though similar issues could be spotted at will, this time there were so many compensating factors that I completely looked past them. We see normal human beings act in their environment, a well-to-do villa neighborhood, with no technical hocus pocus in sight. Several moving moments in the story will entertain a wide audience. You have to trust me in this, as I cannot tell more without spoiling.

When leaving the theater, I gave an "excellent" score for the public prize competition. The average geek who is in constant need of technicalities and gadgets, won't have much fun. But every other "normal" viewer will be satisfied with the casting, the acting, and the setting. Go see it for yourself, and bring your family with you. Don't be afraid that the usual time travel devices will come in the way, since there aren't any.


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