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Am I Beautiful? (Bin ich schoen?)

Am I Beautiful?

Am I Beautiful? is about the dream of one's ability to be someone else. The film is a kind of a round, tells of people who want to make a change, come together and lose sight of each other again, in Germany as well as under the Spanish sun, tells of longings, disappointments and joy. Stories of the quest for happiness: Franziska who marries the wrong man in order to put an end forever to her great, but troubled love for Klaus; Klaus who mourns his love Franziska and wanders through Spain until he finally meets up with Linda; Herbert, who has an affair with Jessica who silently slashes her wrists in the bathtub in his house; Unna, Herbert's wife, who finds her old flame David again, who has lost all power of memory following a stroke...

During the procession of the Semana Santa in Seville, a desperate Herbert asks his wife for them to be able to grow old together. In the crowds of people following the procession - Linda and Klaus, who have come together and are now at the beginning of a life together.


Doris Dörrie was born in Hanover. After studying Acting, Philosophy and Psychology in the US, she studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, where she now runs the Creative Writing Department. In addition to directing, she is also a novelist. Her award-winning films include: STRAIGHT THROUGH THE HEART (MITTEN INS HERZ, 1983), INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE WHALE (IN INNEREN DES WALS, 1984), MEN (MÄNNER, 1985), PARADISE (PARADIES, 1986), ME AND HIM (ICH UND ER, 1988), MONEY (GELD, 1989), HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TÜRKE!, 1992), NOBODY LOVES ME (KEINER LIEBT MICH, 1994), AM I BEAUTIFUL? (BIN ICH SCHÖN?,1998), ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED (ERLEUCHTUNG GARANTIERT, 2000), "NAKED" (NACKT, 2002), THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE – WHY WOMEN NEVER GET ENOUGH (DER FISCHER UND SEINE FRAU – WARUM FRAUEN NIE GENUG BEKOMMEN, 2005), HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE (2007), CHERRY BLOSSOMS - HANAMI (KIRSCHBLÜTEN – HANAMI, 2008), THE HAIRDRESSER (DIE FRISEUSE, 2010), BLISS (GLÜCK, 2011), THE WHOLE SHEBANG (ALLES INKLUSIVE, 2014), and GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA (GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA, 2016).
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Doris Dörrie, Rolf Basedow, Ruth Stadler
Cinematography Theo Birkens
Inez Regnier
Cast Franka Potente, Iris Berben, Steffen Wink, Anica Dobra, Oliver Nägele, Gottfried John, Senta Berger, Joachim Król, Otto Sander, Heike Makatsch, Maria Schrader
Producers Bernd Eichinger, Martin Moszkowicz
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion
Length 120 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Italian, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Venice 1998 (out of competition), Toronto 1998, Mill Valley 1998, Berlin 1999 (German Films), Kolkata 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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