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Head Full of Honey (2014)

Honig im Kopf (original title)
Before Tilda's parents can put her beloved grandfather in an old people's home due to his progressing Alzheimer disease, she takes him on one last adventure that subliminally threatens to tear her family apart.


Til Schweiger, Lars Gmehling (co-director)


Hilly Martinek (screenplay), Til Schweiger (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pasquale Aleardi ... Carabinieri Straßensperre
Marco Boriero Marco Boriero ... Ray-Ban Carabinieri
Alexa Brunner Alexa Brunner ... Frau am Bahnsteig 2
Belinda Busch Belinda Busch ... Freundin Sarah
Claudio Caiolo Claudio Caiolo ... Rezeptionist
Dana Cebulla Dana Cebulla ... Dame Zugabteil
Christoph Domanski Christoph Domanski ... Unfallzeuge 1
Sahin Eryilmaz ... Möbelpacker
Thomas Fehlen ... Zugführer
Samuel Finzi ... Kellner Venedig
Liane Forestieri ... Rezeptionistin
Michele Grassi Michele Grassi ... Carabinieri Bahnhof
Jeanette Hain ... Sarah Rosenbach
Dieter Hallervorden ... Amandus Rosenbach
Ray Collins' Hot-Club Ray Collins' Hot-Club ... Partyband (as Ray Collins' Hot Club)


Its a story about a special love, the love between TILDA and her grandfather AMANDUS. Amandus has Alzheimers. He always was the bon vivant, the humorous and beloved head of the family now he starts acting like a child. Only the ten year old Tilda can deal with him and his disease she looks at it with the eyes of a child and a kind of humour and sensitivity that makes it easier to approach Amandus when he is lost in his new own world. This special connection approaches the disease in a humorous but emotional way, without forgetting about its tragedy.

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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German | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Head Full of Honey See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, Veneto, Italy See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dieter Hallervorden is known in Germany for more comedic movies. This is one of the few movies, where he engages into a dramatic movie. See more »


Remade as Head Full of Honey (2018) See more »


Performed by Rob McVey
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The beautified story of a traumatized child and a non-emancipated mom
17 February 2015 | by feyza-balakSee all my reviews

I would like to talk about two characters and the way their attitude is being dangerously idealized in the movie:

First of all, Tilda, the small child almost takes over the responsibility of her parents, taking her grandfather to a trip abroad. She witnesses how her grandpa slowly loses the capability of leading his own life and this is simply not something that a child can handle psychologically. For a child to carry such parental responsibilities is being referred to as a severe trauma in psychology and it shouldn't be idealized in a movie. Moreover, when she takes off with her grandpa, interestingly no one ever wonders where she may be and what may happen to them. So instead of being deeply worried for her, Niko and Sarah brush up their sex life. Really?!

Secondly, Sarah, Niko's wife is portrayed as a very unpleasant character and in the movie, this is tied to the fact that she doesn't want her husband's father to live with them. At the end, where the character transforms into an ideal (!) woman, she quits her job to look after Amandus and to spend more time with her daughter. This is nothing but a gender stereotype being reinforced in a very emotionally abusive manner. Again, such experiences have caused and are causing many women in the world to have traumatic experiences when it comes to having a family and wanting to realize themselves.

I was very disappointed to see so many gender stereotypes being reinforced in the movie. The people of this world have endured enough traumas and they should not be idealized in any way, let alone in a movie by Til Schweiger that is guaranteed to reach millions of people.

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