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Crazy About Paris (Verrückt nach Paris)

Crazy About Paris
Frank Grabski, Paula Kleine, Wolfgang Goettsch (photo © Diana Richter)

Hilde, Philip and Karl all live in a home for disabled people in Bremen. Hilde helps out in the kitchen, while Philip and Karl make children's toys in a supervised workshop. Enno, their supervisor, goes about his job cooly, keeping an ironic distance between himself and the proceeding. Philip, who is a thalidomide victim, becomes embroiled in a nasty argument with his girlfriend, Vanessa. In the meantime, Enno manages to spoil Karl's chances of getting a job outside the supervised workshop. One day, Hilde, Philip and Karl decide to peel off on their own. Equipped with a little luggage, Hilde's savings and a bundle of toy ducks, they get on a train bound for Cologne. Their very own little excursion!

When they arrive in Cologne they start selling their wooden ducks in front of the cathedral, which gets them in trouble with a gang of youths. A charitable organisation at the railway station takes the trio in and informs the home of their whereabouts. But the runaways manage to slip away unnoticed yet again. They miss their train back to Bremen - but this only makes them all the more determined to embark on a proper journey. By now, Enno is on his way to Cologne to retrieve the truants. With the help of the police, he starts searching for them everywhere - in vain. Meanwhile, Hilde has booked couchette tickets for them all ont he night train to Paris. Enno misses the runaway by a hair's breadth; he leaps into a taxi and drives off after the train, but doesn't manage to catch up with them until the train stops at Liège. He finally discovers the trio on the train - but it won't stop again now until it reaches Paris...


Eike Besuden was born in 1948. After working as a teacher and freelance for Radio Bremen, he has directing documentaries since 1989. A selection films includes: the documentaries DANN BIN ICH EBEN WEG, NA UND? (1989), BACK TO ROME (1994), MADLY HUMAN (1995), DEVIL COMES TO CHURCH (1996), THE FORGOTTEN WAR (1997), GREEN LADY, YOU ARE SMILING AT ME! (1999), WAITING FOR A NEW LIFE (2000), his feature debut CRAZY ABOUT PARIS (2002), THE FOCKE BROTHERS – PIONEERS OF AVIATION (doc, 2009), FAUST II RELOADED (doc, 2010), CODENAME COR (doc-drama, 2010), EXPEDITION TSUNAMI (doc, 2012) and GIVE UP? NEVER (doc-drama, 2012).

Pago Balke was born in 1954. After studying Art and Germanic Studies, he founded an alternative school for the educationally handicapped. In 1987, he began a career as a cabaret artist and singer. From 1987-1998, he worked as an actor and director at the Blaumeier Atelier in Bremen and has been acting at the Bremen Theater since 1998. Crazy About Paris (Verrueckt nach Paris, 2002) marks his feature film debut.
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Directors Eike Besuden, Pago Balke
Screenplay Pago Balke, Eike Besuden
Cinematography Piotr Lenar
Margot Neubert-Maric
Karsten Gundermann
Heike Lauer-Schnurr
Cast Martin Luettge, Frank Grabski, Wolfgang Goettsch, Paula Kleine, Dominique Horwitz, Corinna Harfouch
Producer Eike Besuden
Production Company Geisberg Studios/Bremen, in cooperation with ARTE, Radio Bremen, NDR/Hamburg
Length 90 min
Format 16 mm
Dubbed Versions French
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2002 (Perspective German Cinema), Emden-Aurich-Norderney 2002, Minneapolis/St. Paul 2003
Awards Bernhard Wicki Prize 2002
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmfoerderung Niedersachsen, Filmfoerderung Bremen, Kuratorium junger deutcher Film
German Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih

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