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Heads of My Loved Ones, The (Haeupter meiner Lieben, Die)

Heads of My Loved Ones, The

Based on the novel of the same name by Ingrid Noll. Maja and Cora have been friends since childhood. Grown up, they both get married expecting paradise on earth. Cora marries a rich man called Hennig who is really only interested in one thing. Maja meets Jonas who seems a personification of freedom to her. Unfortunately, though, she is wrong. Finally, Maja flees to Italy with her baby-son to stay with Cora and Hennig. However, Hennig now decides that he wants a child, too, and feels justified in pestering Cora night after night. Faced with so much gross masculinity, Maja and Cora feel rather helpless at first. One day the two men have drunk themselves unconscious, and Maja and Cora decide to make the best out of this situation: if they murdered the two now, it would look as if they had killed each other. No sooner said than done. And so life is wonderful again: especially since Cora inherits Hennig's money. One day, however, a man called Don comes into Maja's and Cora's life. He turns out to be a danger for their friendship and a risk for their little secret. Consequently, Don drops dead at the table one day. Maja and Cora clear away Don's body and life seems to be back to normal again, until Mario emerges ...

Hans-Guenther Buecking is regarded as one of Germany's leading cinematographers, and has served as director of photography on about 30 features and 30 TV films. He received the German Camera Prize in 1988 for his work on Nina Grosse's Der glaeserne Himmel. His credits include Gudrun (Hans W. Geissendoerfer, 1991), the Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated Justice (Justiz, Hans W. Geissendoerfer, 1994), Todesspiel (Heinrich Breloer, TV,1997), Love Scenes On Planet Earth (Das merkwuerdige Verhalten geschlechtsreifer Grossstaedter zur Paarungszeit, Marc Rothemund, 1998), Widows (Sherry Hormann, 1998), Solo For Clarinet (Solo fuer Klarinette, Nico Hofmann, 1998). His films as a director are: Einmal Arizona (1991), The Heads of My Loved Ones (Die Haeupter meiner Lieben, 1999), and the Polizeiruf 110 episode Fluch der guten Tat (TV, 2001).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Hans-Guenther Buecking
Screenplay Knut Boeser, Christian Lyra
Cinematography Hans-Guenther Buecking
Barbara von Weitershausen
Biber Gullatz, Eckes Malz, First take Studios
Silke Buhr
Cast Heike Makatsch, Christiane Paul
Producers Rudolf Markus Reischl, Regina Ziegler
Production Company Kinofilm/Munich, in co-production with WDR
Length 86 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Highlight Film, Stockdorf

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