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Family Rules! (Wir sagen Du! Schatz.)

Family Rules!
Scene from "Family Rules!" (photo © ZORRO Filmverleih)

Oliver is lonely. All he's ever wanted is a family to fill his home on the 18th floor of an abandoned apartment building. So he steals one: A wife, three kids, a grandma, a granddad and a dog; Oliver carefully selects specific people to fulfill these roles. Now he has his perfect family. A dream come true.

Completely walled in from the world outside, Oliver has enough food to keep his new family fed for six months. He sets up strict family rules which he claims will guarantee their happiness. But the hostility of six kidnapped strangers was something he never bargained for.

It's hard to hide from each other when you're walled in twenty four seven, and all the neuroses and personal problems in each of Oliver's 'guests' are soon revealed. But through the fear, frustration and anarchy of their situation, each guest confronts their inner demons to discover more about themselves than they ever could in the 'outside world'.

Can people who don't belong together grow together before they kill each other? Is happiness possible?

Oliver will find out. So will his bunch.


Marc Meyer studied Political Science, followed by work as a freelance writer and director. Family Rules! (Wir sagen Du! Schatz) is his first feature film.
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Marc Meyer
Screenplay Marc Meyer
Cinematography Peter Polsak
Diana Karsten
Christian Biegai
Agi Dawaachu
Cast Samuel Finzi, Nina Kronjäger, Anna Maria Mühe, Harald Warmbrunn, Margot Nagel, Ennio Incannova
Producer Faysal Omer
Production Company miko-film/Berlin
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Cottbus 2007 (Closing Film), Braunschweig 2007, Luenen 2007 (Opening Film), Sofia 2008 (In Competition), Viareggio 2008, Goa 2008
Awards Promotion Prize of the DEFA Foundation Cottbus 2007, Prize of the Student Jury 16+ Luenen 2007, Audience Award Viareggio 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor Zorro Film/Munich

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