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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

23 December 2010 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,821, 18 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,774, 18 December 2011
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

During the break of the play, Adam joins Hanna outside. He brings 2 bottles of mineral water, hands one to Hanna and both take a sip while talking. Both bottles are already half-empty, presumably due to previous takes. 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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Unique, moving, sensual… simply beautiful!
21 September 2011 | by marko_cro1See all my reviews

Unusual and, at the same time, uplifting story. Great acting and a well-directed movie. I am not sure if everyone who watched it will be touched in the same way I was, but -if people can overcome their stereotypes and simply enjoy the film- it will leave them with positive feelings and make them reflect on it long after the ending credits have rolled up. The story is not about your typical next door married couple that enters their middle-age era with all its fears, frustrations, joys, sorrows and life-changing truths. It is that same story but with an unexpected twist and a touching end. I am a happy gay man in a stable civil partnership. After a long period of a loving, monogamous and joyful 'marriage' we stepped into the same twilight zone of middle age, which evoked many questions, doubts and ridiculous thoughts. At the same time, and by some strange twist of fate, we met our Adam in real life and both developed feelings for him. Ever since we live in our own ménage à trios, which gives us many happy moments, pleasures and helps us to re-discovered ourselves.

One reviewer described it as painfully slow and full of empty self importance. I would say that Tom Tykwer cleverly combined some scenes without dialogue -but with much deeper meaning- with other elements that are very dynamic, colorful, erotically-charged or simply entertaining. The soundtrack gives it a perfect final touch. Brilliant photography.

If people think that they will miraculously skip their middle age in life, they should avoid this movie. Since that is biologically impossible -- watch the movie and you may learn something about the most fundamental issues that life brings half way down the road. Highly recommended!


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