Film Info: Toter Mann

Something to Remind Me (Toter Mann)

Something to Remind Me

Toter Mann ("dead man" in English and the German expression describing the position of a swimmer floating on its back, legs together with arms stretched out to the side) opens in a thermal spa where a young woman is floating in that very same position. Her name is Leyla. A man observes her. He meets her again and falls in love with her. His name is Thomas and he's a lawyer. But after their first night together, Leyla vanishes. She later re-surfaces in another city, gets a job in a factory canteen and meets another man. His name is Blum and he has spent the last fourteen years in prison and undergoing psychiatric treatment. But now, given another chance in life, he is taking part in a re-socialization program.
Thomas, meanwhile, is looking for Leyla and finds a clue. He pursues it and is led to Blum, who also happens to be his client. As he realizes the connection it is almost too late. Leyla and Blum have disappeared.


Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960 and has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German Language and Literature before studying at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) from 1988 to 1994. His highly-acclaimed films include: PILOTINNEN (1995), CUBA LIBRE (1996), DIE BLEISCHLAFDIEBIN (1998), THE STATE I AM IN (DIE INNERE SICHERHEIT, 2000), SOMETHING TO REMIND ME (TOTER MANN, 2001), WOLFSBURG (2002), GHOSTS (GESPENSTER, 2004), YELLA (2006), JERICHOW (2008), DREILEBEN - BEATS BEING DEAD (DREILEBEN - ETWAS BESSERES ALS DEN TOD, 2011), BARBARA (2012), and PHOENIX (2014).
Genre Drama
Category TV Movie
Year of Production 2001
Director Christian Petzold
Screenplay Christian Petzold
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Bettina Boehler
Stefan Will
K.D. Gruber
Cast Nina Hoss, Franziska Troegner, André M. Hennicke, Sven Pippig, Heinrich Schmieder
Producer Bettina Reitz
Production Company teamWorx/Munich, in co-production with ARTE
Length 90 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian
Festivals Hof 2001, Berlin 2002 (German Cinema), Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2002, Rotterdam 2002, Gothenburg 2002, Biarritz 2002, Los Angeles 2002, Sydney 2002, Warsaw 2002 (German Panorama), Singapore 2003, Kolkata 2003
Awards German Television Award 2002 for Best Direction, Adolf Grimme Award 2003

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