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Herbert (2015)

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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Herbert
Udo Kroschwald ... Bodo
... Eddy
Atef Vogel ... Pfleger Steffen
Kida Khodr Ramadan ... Mohammed
Manfred Möck ... Günther
... Specht
Wolfgang Boos ... Ex-Schuldner
Andreas Keller ... Pathologe
Roland Florstedt ... Roland
Henning Peker ... Frankie
... Jobvermittler
Clemens Meyer ... Moderator
Marko Dyrlich ... Mark
Harald Polzin ... Gebrauchtwarenhändler
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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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11 March 2017 (USA)  »

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A Heavy Heart  »

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€1,700,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Shot in 35 days. See more »

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Herbert: It looks like a heart.
Marlene: A heart?
Herbert: Yes.
Marlene: And what is the meaning of it?
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Poignant and Moving
8 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Covered in tattoos, nicknamed "the Panzer" (the German word for tank), famous as a former East German boxing champion, and earning income based solely upon his muscles and bulk, Herbert is not someone you want to mess with. With few friends beyond the young boxer he is mentoring, a tattoo artist and Olga his angelfish, the Panzer lives a solitary and isolated life in apparent bachelor bliss. Even the diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease) hardly slows Herbert down. He treats ALS as just another physical adversary.

As Herbert drifts into total paralysis and it becomes clear who the victor in "Panzer versus ALS" is going to be, Herbert tries to make amends with the daughter he abandoned many years ago. This battle, like that with ALS, can't be won with his fists and Herbert finds himself in unfamiliar and unfathomable territory in more ways than one. While slow-paced and dark, the film is poignant and moving as a punch to the gut. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015.


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