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Coxless Pair (Zweier ohne)

Coxless Pair
Scene from “Coxless Pair” (photo © Lichtblick Film/Uwe Stratmann)

The film tells the story of the friendship between Johann and Ludwig as they strive for the ultimate “buddy” relationship. Going beyond, well beyond, what would be considered good and healthy, the pair attempt to become the ideal twins, driving their relationship based on their partnership in competitive rowing (coxless pairs) to the ultimate: to perfect harmony in mind, word, thought and deed.

But their symbiotic relationship is thrown out of balance: Ludwig strives to tighten the bonds ever closer, but Johann discovers happiness in the form of love for Ludwig’s sister, Vera. But because Ludwig hates her, the couple keep their relationship secret. But secrets have a way of coming out and Ludwig is wounded to the core. As the finals of the rowing competition draw closer, Ludwig has already set his sights on a greater goal: to preserve their friendship forever, no longer in life, but in death.


Jobst Christian Oetzmann was born in Hanover and studied drama at the University of Television & Film in Munich. His first film, Der Condor opened the Turin Film Festival in 1988. Since then he has made a name for himself primarily as a director of television crime movies, including episodes of SOKO 5133 (1994) and the pilot to the series SK-Babies (1995). A year later he directed Der Neue, the pilot for the crime series Kommissare Suedwest, for which he also directed numerous episodes. His features include: The Loneliness of the Crocodiles (Die Einsamkeit der Krokodile, 2000) and Coxless Pair (Zweier ohne, 2008).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Jobst Christian Oetzmann
Screenplay Jobst Christian Oetzmann
Cinematography Tomas Erhart
Cosima Schnell
Dieter Schleip
Peter Menne
Cast Lena Stolze, Peter Harting, Timo Mewes, Jacob Matschenz, Sophie Rogall, Alexandra Schalaudeck, Nora Quest
Producer Joachim Ortmanns
Production Company Lichtblick Film, in co-production with Filmpool Film- & Fernsehproduktion/Cologne
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Goteborg 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Hessen Invest
German Distributor Stardust Filmverleih/Munich

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