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A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man.

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Tom Tykwer

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Tom Tykwer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Rois ... Hanna
Sebastian Schipper ... Simon
Devid Striesow ... Adam
Angela Winkler ... Hildegard
Annedore Kleist Annedore Kleist ... Lotte
Alexander Hörbe ... Dirk
Winnie Böwe ... Petra
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Dr. Wissmer
Carina Wiese Carina Wiese ... Schwester Ruth
Dominique Chiout Dominique Chiout ... Clara
Marita Hueber Marita Hueber ... Martha
Michael Gerber Michael Gerber ... Vorsitzender Ethikrat
Thomas Neumann Thomas Neumann ... Wissenschaftler Ethikrat
Cornelius Schwalm Cornelius Schwalm ... Volker Müller
Edgar M. Böhlke Edgar M. Böhlke ... Simons Vater
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A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man.

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Germany

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Release Date:

23 December 2010 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,821, 18 September 2011

Gross USA:

$59,954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,611,555
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Simon has his hair cropped right after diagnosis before any chemo without even leaving the hospital. Then, his hair has still the same length when Hannas womb has considerably increased. See more »

Quotes

Adam: Austrians are strange to me.
Hanna: [who has admitted being Austrian] To me, too. They're really strange people.
Adam: My grandma always said you were the best Nazis of all.
Hanna: [pause] Everybody's good at something.
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"HOT TRIANGLE" doesn't begin to describe this......
14 February 2012 | by arizona-philm-phanSee all my reviews

.....strangely philosophical and sometimes wondrous take on the Lives & Loves of men and women in today's world. BUT, hold on a sec...hasn't the behavior being shown to us likely EVER been so....even in humankind's earliest days, in the dark protectiveness of caves? ....Well, whether that is the case or not--right now--today, a most perceptive Director of Film (Tom Tykwer) is giving us a stripped bare view into the lives of 2 Men and 1 Woman....the "3" making up this proverbial TRIANGLE. So, Dear Viewer, you need only sit back...relax...then watch and see: ....Their discovery, first, of love with one another---then, finally, their reaching a loving-union of the "3".

I cannot tell you that the Male-Female Hook-up (can we call it "illicit") being shown us is any differently played out than in 100s of movie stories which have come before. BUT...on the other hand, and strikingly so...it is in the Male / Male "Connection" where you will find the Difference in this film. For in a mainstream production such as this, rarely will you ever see shown Physically Realistic (and Tender) lovemaking between 2 men....presented in such a forthright manner. Devid Striesow ("Adam") and Sebastian Schipper ("Simon") absolutely "ZING" in their scenes together. The word, Hot, does not describe it; though if written as HOT, perhaps it begins to do so. (WORD OF ADVICE: Director Tykwer's use of "split screen" techniques throughout, sometimes showing 4 to 6 activities occurring in one scene/shot, makes some of the "HOT actions" a bit difficult to follow and fully enjoy. Better you watch on video....rather than in the theater.)

As to this movie's performers and their abilities, these "3" actors are highly competent and experienced (extensive film histories)....though perhaps not at the level of paparazzi-pursued, top tier German celebs. YET, what they truly give to us is BELIEVABILITY....bringing viewers to the point of SUDDENLY realizing their characters' origin: ....Perhaps from Earth's First Garden---but here, in our world today, we are being given a "Hanna"....a "Simon"....and, most especially, "The Enticer". So, this Enticer; what can be said about him? Well, maybe just this, Reader Mine: ....When your self-image is at its lowest...and your need to be desired is at its highest.....just stop and look around you. HE's out there, close by....waiting, waiting to enfold you in Tenderness and Excitement. Waiting to make the rest of your life its Happiest.

I'll say Goodbye to you now...upon leaving this Garden of "3". And concede that this story may contain instances of over-dramatized familial and midlife crises---not to mention startling images of a male medical procedure. Nevertheless, this is a work which I will be re-watching on a somewhat regular basis---concentrating on the Male / Male action, of course. (Uh..oh).

PS: For those interested, see the excellent Devid Striesow in the very good and "gay-tinged" 2004 film production: "BEFORE THE FALL". That is, IF you can find it available as a rental; used DVD copies are going for a high price. Oh, and for something very "different"...but very well done (in a "straight" love story mode), try Tykwer's 2002 "HEAVEN" (Cate Blanchett). You, likely, will not be sorry.

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