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The Pharmacist (1997)

Die Apothekerin (original title)
Hella is around 30 and works in a pharmacy. She is waiting for the right man to step into her life, but as she has a certain affinity for losers, she is kind of disillusionized. When she ... See full summary »

Director:

Rainer Kaufmann

Writers:

Ingrid Noll (novel), Ralf Hertwig | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katja Riemann ... Hella Moormann
Jürgen Vogel ... Levin Graber
Richy Müller ... Dieter Krosmansky
Isabella Parkinson ... Margot Krosmansky
August Zirner ... Pawel Siebert
Dagmar Manzel Dagmar Manzel ... Dorit Meissen
Andrea Sawatzki ... Alma Siebert
Joachim Tomaschewsky Joachim Tomaschewsky ... Hermann Graber
Daniele Legler Daniele Legler ... Gero
Eva Ingeborg Scholz Eva Ingeborg Scholz ... Gudrun Moormann
Friedrich von Thun ... Rolf Moormann
Jan-Gregor Kremp Jan-Gregor Kremp ... Bob Moormann
Dominic Raacke ... Kripobeamter
Christian Baus Christian Baus ... Apotheken-Räuber
Maren Eggert Maren Eggert ... Kommillitonin
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Hella is around 30 and works in a pharmacy. She is waiting for the right man to step into her life, but as she has a certain affinity for losers, she is kind of disillusionized. When she gets to know Levin, a dentist student who likes cars most, her dreams seem to come true. Levin has a very rich grandfather who likes her at first glance. The old man thinks of changing his last will to the condition that Levin has to marry Hella in order to inherit his fortunes. Like in a fairy-tale the door to a new life opens for Hella, but can she take it? Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Eine Frau mit Risiken und Nebenwirkungen. See more »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 October 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

DEM 20,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

According to director Rainer Kaufmann the following scenes were cut from the final release:
  • Originally there was a scene after the funeral of Margot where Dieter tells Hella about his relationship with Margot. According to the director this was cut because the next scene does explain the same and works better.
  • The fight between Dieter and Levin was cut for violence (possibly to secure a "Not under 12" rating). In the uncut scene you saw how they fight and how levin loses his teeth.
  • The scene where Alma explores the house was longer. This was cut to shorten running time.
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Made me look at the story from another point of view
6 January 2002 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

Wow! This is the first time I find that a movie and the book it is based upon perfectly complement one another. I read Ingrid Noll's novel and I liked it but something disturbed me. Now I know what it is. The book had an unnecessary feminist undertone, it tried to demonstrate female power a bit too explicitly.

By leaving out the frame story with the old woman in hospital whom Hella tells her story to, this undertone disappears in Rainer Kaufmann's excellent film version. The two guys, Levin and Dieter, are still the losers, of course, and Hella is the triumphant but that alone doesn't make her out to be some female heroine. I was able to see the same story from a completely different point of view: as nothing else but simply a dark, cruel crime drama, full of suspense and some humour, not unauthentic but still rather un-German (in fact, German humour is not exactly what Austrians like).

Romantic comedy star Katja Riemann may have been a complete failure but she gives quite a convincing performance. Jürgen Vogel overacts a little bit, but for Richy Müller the perfectly unlikeable prole Dieter could have been his best role ever.

I don't know whether the movie was released in the United States and if it was kind of successful, but I'd like to recommend it to everybody. I think even Americans who don't normally like European movies could enjoy it. Only if you get sick easily, you should at least look away once or twice. There are some really disgusting scenes.


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