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Der Junge muss an die frische Luft (2018)

Dramatised origin story of one of Germany's most beloved contemporary comedians.


Caroline Link


Hape Kerkeling (book), Ruth Toma
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Credited cast:
Luise Heyer ... Margret
Sönke Möhring ... Heinz Kerkeling (Vater)
Diana Amft ... Frau Kolossa
Julius Weckauf Julius Weckauf ... Hape Kerkeling
Elena Uhlig ... Tante Gertrud
Joachim Król ... Opa Willi
Ursula Werner ... Oma Bertha
Maren Kroymann ... Frau Höttermann
Hedi Kriegeskotte Hedi Kriegeskotte ... Oma Änne
Birge Schade Birge Schade ... Tante Lisbeth
Katharina Hintzen Katharina Hintzen ... Veronika
Eva Verena Müller Eva Verena Müller ... Tante Annemarie
Rudolf Kowalski Rudolf Kowalski ... Opa Hermann
Theresa Schneider Theresa Schneider ... Passantin


Dramatised origin story of one of Germany's most beloved contemporary comedians.

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25 December 2018 (Germany) See more »

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At one moment Hape Kerkeling is singing "Du bist nicht allein", a song by Roy Black. Rudolf Kowalski who is starring in this movie was playing Wolfgang Kaminski, Roy Black's manager in the biopic Du bist nicht allein - Die Roy Black Story (1996) See more »


References Disco (1971) See more »

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Mainstream films for German audiences hardly ever get better than this.
10 January 2019 | by Councillor3004See all my reviews

Based on Hape Kerkeling's autobiographical novel, "Der Junge muss an die frische Luft" is one of the most extraordinary German mainstream-fitted films to be released in recent years. People who have never lived in Germany probably won't be particularly familiar with Hape Kerkeling's comedy, but as someone who has continuously watched his presence in German television while growing up, I was probably the perfect target for the film's intention to hit all the nostalgia nerves. It paints a beautiful picture of small-town Germany during the early 1970s, not to mention a stellar performance by young Julius Weckauf, who may just have given one of the best child performances I have seen in a long time. He took over Hape Kerkeling's person and completely vanished into the character, allowing for a very compelling viewing experience.

The movie capably handles tragedy and humor, keeping both of these aspects in perfect balance and allowing the audience some room to laugh one minute and cry the next (I won't lie, I did both of those things). Caroline Link's film probably can't be called critic-proof; someone who wants to find flaws probably will, but as for me, I absolutely loved the experience of just letting this portrait of a boy's upbringing in Germany during the early 70s sink in. Ursula Werner's performance as Oma Bertha is especially note-worthy; she's a scene-stealer whenever Julius Weckauf isn't (which is a rare incident). I fear people outside of Germany probably won't ever get to see this film unless they embark on an extended search for it, though I also think people outside of Germany probably won't care, as long as they aren't familiar with Hape Kerkeling himself. But honestly, even if you don't know anything about him, this is just a fantastic film which is a more than worthy way to spend 100 minutes of your time with.

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