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Agnes and His Brothers (2004)

Agnes und seine Brüder (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 14 October 2004 (Germany)
This drama focuses on three very different siblings, all searching for happiness. Hans-Jörg is a sex addicted librarian, who is interested in young students. Werner is a successful ... See full summary »

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Oskar Roehler

Writer:

Oskar Roehler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Weiß ... Agnes Tschirner
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Hans-Jörg Tschirner
Herbert Knaup ... Werner Tschirner
Katja Riemann ... Signe Tschirner
Tom Schilling ... Ralf Tschirner
Suzan Anbeh ... Desiree
Vadim Glowna ... Günther Tschirner
Margit Carstensen ... Roxy
Lee Daniels ... Henry Preminger
Marie Zielcke ... Nadine
Oliver Korittke ... Rudi
Martin Semmelrogge ... Manni Moneto
Martin Feifel ... Hannes
Sven Martinek ... Jürgen
Til Schweiger ... Freund in Bibliothek
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Storyline

This drama focuses on three very different siblings, all searching for happiness. Hans-Jörg is a sex addicted librarian, who is interested in young students. Werner is a successful politician with a dysfunctional family. Agnes, a transsexual, works as a table dancer in a nightclub. The three brothers just have one thing in common: their longing for a happy life... Written by fippi2000

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Taglines:

... auf dem Weg ins Glück (... on the way to happiness)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

14 October 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Agnes and His Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,544, 11 June 2006

Gross USA:

$2,731

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,517,732
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The storyline involving Werner borrows heavily from the storyline involving Gary in Jonathan Franzen's novel "The Corrections":
  • The son spies on his father with video cameras that he has set up all over the house.
  • The relationship with his wife has almost turned to hatred with his wife thinking of him as a loser.
  • The wife bonds with the son on his "hobby" of spying thus stripping Werner of all authority.
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References American Beauty (1999) See more »

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it is not a matter of taste...
21 October 2004 | by cockaigneSee all my reviews

...but quality. This movie is short in every meaning. The story is not a story but the attempt to shock in times where even kids cannot be shocked by almost nothing anymore. What we see is a collection of different scenes some of them pretty good some awfully bad.

We follow three brothers (a politician, a sex maniac who feels inadequate and a sex changed) looking for happiness in their own tragedy of life and especially the tragedy in their interpersonal relationships. Reason for their being what they are is their dominating father who became - oh wonder - gay after he might have abused his sons in the past...

So far so good but beside the fact that the story is partly stolen, the writer and director did not decided if he wanted to make a comedy or a drama. What he definitely wanted to do is art, and that is by far not enough to make a good movie. Some critics called it a comic strip, some a satire and others called it a contemporary image of the German Republic. And there are the ones like me who just call it a big waste of time and money.

If you don't like Lynch, Fassbinder and Aldomovar just sent them a copy of the film so they can see how they have been imitated in a small minded way. I promise that they will suffer a lot.

At the end of the movie an ex porno-model and the still-sex-maniac agreed to drive from Germany into the Iraq (by car) and help the people over there... I am pretty sure that the movie meant exactly this, no ironic to be found in this scene.


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