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The Legend of Timm Thaler or The Boy Who Sold His Laughter (2017)

Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen (original title)
The devil tricks a little boy off his laughter in exchange for assured wins in all his bets. It depicts his journey after the deal with the devil, how he loses his soul bit by bit with each win.


Andreas Dresen


Alexander Adolph (screenplay), James Krüss (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arved Friese Arved Friese ... Timm Thaler
Justus von Dohnányi ... Baron Lefuet
Axel Prahl Axel Prahl ... Behemoth
Andreas Schmidt Andreas Schmidt ... Belial
Jule Hermann Jule Hermann ... Ida Bebber
Charly Hübner ... Kreschimir
Harald Schmidt Harald Schmidt ... Sprecher Rennplatz
Nadja Uhl ... Hausdame Yvonne
Fritzi Haberlandt ... Frau Bebber
Bjarne Mädel ... Vater Timm
Steffi Kühnert ... Stiefmutter Lydia
Emil von Schönfels Emil von Schönfels ... Erwin
Milan Peschel ... Grabredner
Heinz Rudolf Kunze Heinz Rudolf Kunze ... Schuldirektor
Axel Werner Axel Werner ... Steinmetz


The young Timm Thaler lives in the 1920s with his father in a small alley of a German city. Even when he grows up in poor circumstances, he is happy, and he has a laugh that nobody can resist. This is so contagious and disarming that Baron Lefuet, the fierce Baron, wants to have it. Written by Anonymous

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When a child laughs, the devil loses his power.


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Did You Know?


Thomas Ohrner, who plays the concierge in this remake, played the title character Timm Thaler in an earlier adaption of the same book, Timm Thaler (1979). See more »


Version of Prodannyy smekh (1981) See more »

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Excellent movie to get some idea, whats wrong with this world of crisis
28 June 2017 | by willow3-949-395406See all my reviews

The simple facts about the movie are known now.

But the mainplot does handle around the trading(and exclusion of people) and its results for the world and the character of humans... so secondary narcissism and a bit greed.

The absence of conscience is a problem for the intention of the film and book, so it is simply a problem for the film and its comprehensibility...

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Release Date:

2 February 2017 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Timm Thaler See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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