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The Philosopher (1989)

Der Philosoph (original title)
The obscure philosopher Georg Hermes almost withdrew from the world to concentrate on his studies, especially Heraclitus, having no relationship since his mother's death. When he wants a ... See full summary »


Rudolf Thome


Rudolf Thome
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Complete credited cast:
Johannes Herrschmann Johannes Herrschmann ... Georg Hermes
Adriana Altaras Adriana Altaras ... Franziska
Friederike Tiefenbacher Friederike Tiefenbacher ... Beate
Claudia Matschulla Claudia Matschulla ... Martha
Jürgen Wink Jürgen Wink ... Franziska's Lover
Werner Gerber Werner Gerber ... Martha's Lover
Anton Rey Anton Rey ... Beate's Lover
Marquard Bohm


The obscure philosopher Georg Hermes almost withdrew from the world to concentrate on his studies, especially Heraclitus, having no relationship since his mother's death. When he wants a new suit for a lecture (actually very minor) about his new book, he meets the sisters Franziska, Breate and Marthe, who run a boutique, share a house and have a lover each. Those invite Georg to dinner, Franziska even on dates. Falling off a boat he gets naked with her, and they become lovers. The girls all take to Hermes and get him to move in, spoiled by all and offered polygamy. Written by KGF Vissers

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West Germany



Release Date:

5 January 1989 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

O Filósofo See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Moana-Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Thinking Heads
25 July 2005 | by garwySee all my reviews

Hardly an erotic film, but then real sex is often something different from 'sexy' (and rather better).

The plot is that an academic and socially inept philosophy student who is working on his thesis meets an attractive woman who may or may not be imaginary.

The woman is not only attractive, she has a personality. (How often do you see that in a film like this?). The philosopher and the woman become friends and then begin to have sex. (Not the way round things happen in most erotic films). He then meets her two friends who share her apartment, and when he has grown close to them, has sex with each of them in turn (and various other permutations).

The film shows a fair amount of flesh, but it has the undriven and exploratory quality of narrative of a real drama. One would need to be extremely blunt to manage to get through any sequence of this film without thinking about what is happening on-screen.

As with very few films (and hardly any English-language ones) this is a film about sex without being in any expected sense an erotic film.

I enjoy it more every time I watch it. But it leaves you with things to think about - not things to do.

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