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Befriending the Grouch (2019)

Mein Freund das Ekel (original title)
Olav Hintz, a retired teacher who loves only himself, needs care as he sits in a wheelchair. The nurse, the single parent Trixi has several jobs to complete and gives the care to her 3 children. Chaos is on.

Director:

Marco Petry

Writer:

Marco Petry
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dieter Hallervorden ... Olaf Hintz
Alwara Höfels ... Trixie
Julius Göze Julius Göze ... Murat (as Julius Gabriel Göze)
Latisha Kohrs Latisha Kohrs ... Afia
Lior Kudrjawizki Lior Kudrjawizki ... Sean
Ursela Monn ... Elfie Hintz
Michael Hanemann Michael Hanemann ... Helmut
Mohamed Issa Mohamed Issa ... Amar
Stephanie Krogmann Stephanie Krogmann ... Bella
Edelgard Hansen Edelgard Hansen ... Dame 1
Annelinde Gerstl Annelinde Gerstl ... Dame 2
Judith Steinhäuser ... Dame 3
Axel Stein Axel Stein ... Jolig
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Olav Hintz, a retired teacher who loves only himself, needs care as he sits in a wheelchair. The nurse, the single parent Trixi has several jobs to complete and gives the care to her 3 children. Chaos is on.

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Comedy | Drama

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Was watched by 8,09 million people (25,9 % market share) on its premiere date, making it the most successful TV movie shown on a Thursday evening on ZDF in ten years. It even beat the UEFA Europa League semi-finale between Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea London. See more »

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Notorious old grouch gets unexpected chance at redemption
22 April 2020 | by thursdaysrecordsSee all my reviews

A sweet little story about life's obstacles and challenges, and how it's never too late to improve one's situation.

Veteran comic actor Dieter Hallervorden, Germany's National Treasure with decades as TV's favorite funny man on his resume, has found yet another gem of a film project as notoriously disagreeable old grouch. With a young single mom and her 3 children as live-in caregivers, the wheelchair bound old man is in for much excitement, but in the end regains his own joy of life.

Having spent much of my young years living in Berlin, I can relate to the realism about life in this city as shown in this film. Seeing people struggle for survival, working multiple "jobs", trying and failing, yet never giving up. Having a support network of neighbors and friends, and in the end enjoying life with no regrets. That's Berlin! There are many beautiful little "moments", rendering this low budget production a very enjoyable, sometimes even sentimental gem.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 May 2019 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Befriending the Grouch See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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