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A Heavy Heart (2015)

Herbert (original title)
A former East German boxing champion reduced to working as a bouncer and debt collector is forced to reflect on his life when he is diagnosed with a fatal disease.


Thomas Stuber
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Kurth ... Herbert
Lina Wendel ... Marlene
Edin Hasanovic ... Eddy
Lena Lauzemis ... Sandra
Reiner Schöne ... Specht
Udo Kroschwald Udo Kroschwald ... Bodo
Atef Vogel Atef Vogel ... Pfleger Steffen
Kida Khodr Ramadan ... Mohammed
Manfred Möck ... Günther
Wolfgang Boos Wolfgang Boos ... Ex-Schuldner
Andreas Keller Andreas Keller ... Pathologe
Roland Florstedt Roland Florstedt ... Roland
Henning Peker Henning Peker ... Frankie
Peter Schneider ... Jobvermittler
Clemens Meyer Clemens Meyer ... Moderator


Herbert lived well from his giant body for years, as a boxer since the GDR, nicknamed 'Pride of Leipzig', and now as bouncer and debt collector, while training promising boxers, especially gentle Eddy, who got a shot at the title in a much lower weight class. After ignoring symptoms for months, collapsing Herbert is diagnosed with the incurable muscular disease ALS, and is bluntly dropped from all his jobs and the gym. Seeking to set straight what went wrong is his life, he mends as good as he can with his daughter -neglected since age six- and deals with girl friend Marlene. Herbert is lucky with great home assistant Steffen, even gets to cheer protege Eddy to his title as last sportive achievement. Written by KGF Vissers

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Shot in 35 days. See more »


Herbert: It looks like a heart.
Marlene: A heart?
Herbert: Yes.
Marlene: And what is the meaning of it?
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Gone soft
4 April 2019 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Do you sometimes wonder what individuals would risk their own body to just collect money for someone else? Maybe that's the only thing they know how to do. The only thing they know they are good at. But in this case, the character who is front and center stage has to reflect on what he has been doing. And the things he missed on doing.

When a life event that is rather big hits him, things fall apart. Then again, maybe this is finally a way for him to see things clearer. Is it too late though? Can he find inner peace? Or outer peace for that matter? It is not so much about where he is heading (inevitable) but the journey there. And how he handles himself being robbed of the one thing he thought made him stand apart ...

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Release Date:

11 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Leipzig, Saxony, Germany See more »


Box Office


EUR1,700,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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