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A lonely private investigator is contacted by a mysterious woman who pulls him into a mind game known as 'telephone walking'. Fascinated by her voice, Aloys discovers an imaginary universe that allows him to break out of his isolation.


Tobias Nölle


Tobias Nölle
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Credited cast:
Georg Friedrich ... Aloys Adorn
Tilde von Overbeck Tilde von Overbeck ... Vera
Kamil Krejcí Kamil Krejcí ... Herr Schoch
Yufei Li Yufei Li ... Yen Lee
Koi Lee Koi Lee ... Herr Lee
Sebastian Krähenbühl Sebastian Krähenbühl ... Hauswart
Karl Friedrich Karl Friedrich ... Vater Aloys
Peter Zumstein Peter Zumstein ... Bestatter
Agnes Lampkin Agnes Lampkin ... Julie Kramer
Rahel Hubacher Rahel Hubacher ... Schwangere Frau
Haroldo Simao Haroldo Simao ... Drag Queen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tobias Bienz Tobias Bienz ... DJ
Aaron Hitz Aaron Hitz ... Gonzo
Barblin Leggio-Hänseler Barblin Leggio-Hänseler ... Polizistin Wohnung
Benjamin Merz Benjamin Merz ... Polizist Lift 2


Aloys Adorn is a middle aged private detective who lives and works with his father. He experiences life from a safe distance, through a video camera he keeps recording 24 hours a day, and the massive collection of surveillance tapes he organizes and obsessively watches at home. But when his father dies, Aloys is left on his own and his sheltered existence begins to fall apart. After a night of heavy drinking, Aloys wakes up on a public bus to find that his camera and precious observation tapes have been stolen. Soon after, a mysterious woman calls to blackmail him. She offers to return the tapes if Aloys will try an obscure Japanese invention called 'telephone walking' with her, using his imagination as their only connection. As he is drawn deeper and deeper, falling in love with the voice on the other end of the phone, the woman opens up a new universe that may allow Aloys to break out of his isolation and into the real world. Written by New Europe Film Sales

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Switzerland | France


Swiss German

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alojzy See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Aloys Adorn is played by Georg Friedrich while his father is played by Georg's real life father Karl Friedrich, who is otherwise not an actor. See more »


Aloys Adorn: Go throw yourself under a train.
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Produced, arranged and composed by Tom Huber & Beat Jegen.
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Aloys Has Difficulties
22 March 2018 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

From a strange, eerie opening, featuring a continuous string of stylish visuals and ethereal music the audience is led into a semi-surreal fantasy. At first, the mysterious situations that make up the life of small time private eye, Aloys, promises to take us into some interesting psychological territory but, as the story ambles into unfathomable character involvements - the initial element of mystery simply becomes tiresome. The real becomes fused with the unreal - till it all falls over itself. That's when most viewers are likely to become restless and begin to want it all to move toward some sort of closure. Slick images and a mysterious first 25mins is simply not strong enough to hang a limp study of loneliness (or is it madness?) & then expect it to carry the weight of 90mins. As a short experimental movie it could have worked - there's simply not the legs to carry a feature. As to be expected, this overstretched work won praise from festivals but defiantly won't win many patrons. It certainly would be a hard watch to ever re-visit. Photography, mystical score, and the main performance, carry it to a degree but lack of coherence brings it down to little more than an interesting failure.

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