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Bundle of Joy, A (Liebesluder)

Bundle of Joy, A
Scene from "A Bundle of Joy" (photo courtesy of BojeBuck/Berlin)

As fresh and sweet-smelling as a spring rose, Ina arrives in a small town by bus, throwing the entire population into a tizzy. Suddenly, the days of comfy, middle class sameness are over. One by one, the town's dignitaries (and then some) fall for the charms of the winsome young woman. Long-forgotten dreams are realized; hidden passions take on a new life. Ina bewitches everyone. But under the surface of the appealing student lurks a femme fatale with her eyes firmly fixed on the wallets of her newfound "friends".
The gentlemen in question, however, are determined to resist blackmail - by whatever means necessary. Add a few jealous wives - particularly Christine - mix well, and you have a town prepared to go to any lengths to keep the peace in its trim and tidy half- timbers. A black comedy about expectant motherhood, murder and maintaining the good life in Germany.


Detlev Buck was born in 1962 and made his fame as an actor, director and screenwriter at the age of 22. His short film TIME TO KNOCK OFF quickly became a cult classic. His first feature as a director was RABBIT FEVER, which won the Bavarian Film Prize. He followed this up with NO MORE MR. NICE GUY, which garnered an honorable mention at the Berlinale and two German Film Awards. His next film, JAILBIRDS, which he directed and starred in, made stars of the two female leads, Heike Makatsch and Marie Bäumer. In 2004, he won the German Film Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in BERLIN BLUES (dir: Leander Haußmann). His other works as a director include: TOUGH ENOUGH and HANDS OFF MISSISSIPPI, both of which won German Film Awards in several categories, SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT, MEASURING THE WORLD, and all three BIBI & TINA films.
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Detlev Buck
Screenplay Ruth Toma, Detlev Buck
Cinematography Slawomir Idziak
Barbara Gies
Johnny Klimek, Maximilian Geller, Ludwig Eckmann, Xaver Naudascher
Cast Mavie Hörbiger, Pierre Besson, Detlev Buck, Anke Engelke
Producer Claus Boje
Production Company Boje Buck Produktion/Berlin, in co-production with WDR
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Hof 2000, Berlin 2001 (New German Films)
With backing from German Federal Film Board
German Distributor Delphi Filmverleih/Berlin

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