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Ein starker Abgang (2008)

Heinz Kilian, an elder, near-forgotten misanthropic author, suffers all day from an ever-grumbling stomach. Referred to a specialist, grumpy Kilian grudgingly accepts as his last hope a ... See full summary »

Director:

Rainer Kaufmann

Writer:

Martin Rauhaus
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Cast

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Bruno Ganz ... Heinz Kilian
Monica Bleibtreu Monica Bleibtreu ... Vera Hartel
Harald Schrott ... Behling
Fritzi Haberlandt ... Cowgirl
Ulrich Noethen ... Arzt 2
August Zirner ... Dr. Kübler
Leslie Malton Leslie Malton ... Bewunderin
Stefan Kurt ... Dr. Pögen
Jörg Gudzuhn Jörg Gudzuhn ... Dr. Bergenthal
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ... Patient Gerhard (as Gustav Peter Wöhler)
Adriana Altaras Adriana Altaras ... Consuela
Julia Philippi Julia Philippi ... (as Julia Katharina Philippi)
Sabine Winterfeldt Sabine Winterfeldt ... Kassiererin
Jens Winter ... Portier
Klaus Gehrke Klaus Gehrke
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Heinz Kilian, an elder, near-forgotten misanthropic author, suffers all day from an ever-grumbling stomach. Referred to a specialist, grumpy Kilian grudgingly accepts as his last hope a diet consultant. Kilian instantly shares only mutual dislike with Vera Hartel, who infuriates him being as stubborn and immovable, simply taking treats from his plate. She accompanies him with the charming firm driver Behling on a lecture and signing tour tough Germany to promote his latest novel, scheduled by editor Dr. Pögen, Heinz's godfather's son, who alas fears the publishing house is also going down, and Kilian never sold profitably. All the way he bicker with Vera Hertel, an ongoing duel of misanthropy and cynicism against optimism, agreeing on little more then old-fashioned language skills and supporting Behling's unlikely hope for romantic happiness with a crazy girl. Diagnosed with a rare, inoperable tumor, Kilian reconsiders everything. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

25 July 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Grummeln See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Sunday afternoons are the worst
4 May 2009 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

Pretty spaced out for a made-for-TV movie. Bruno Ganz is a grumpy writer touring provincial book stores. Ironically, we see him reading (newspapers, notes, his own work), but never writing. By contrast, his dreamy driver (Harald Schrott) is a closet word-smith and secretly writes poetry whenever he doesn't drive. His romantic disposition makes him an easy target for the flirty tramp (Fritzi Haberlandt) performing a Dixie Chicks number in a small-town Hessian lending library, dolled up in a flimsy floral frock and high-heeled Cowboy boots. Not unlike a female version of Brad Pitt's part in "Thelma and Louise". Better legs though. To top things off, the score is an obvious rip-off of "Dead Man", Neil Young's masterpiece. Director Rainer Kaufmann has good instincts, but in the end, prime time cliché always gets the better of him. Bottom line: well-made, partly original, but ultimately conventional. Essentially unwatchable.


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