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Love, Life, Death (Liebe, Leben, Tod)

Love, Life, Death

Black and brown are usually not that appealing. White shoes, on the other hand, are interesting. But red or even glitzy shoes would be ideal. Paul loves feet and shoes. He is sales manager for a delicatessen shop. During his breaks, he dials telephone numbers at random. If a woman's voice answers, he politely asks: "Would you please describe to me the shoes you have on ?" Much to his regret, people usually hang up. And all the while, Frau Mischke, his neighbour, would give him her shoes and heart, but Paul is not in love. Leyla, an attractive young Turkish woman, hasn't left her flat for 5 months since a friend was killed in an attack against foreigners. Leyla doesn't want to have anything more to do with the world outside. One day, Paul happens to come upon Leyla's number. He asks about her shoes - and, to her own astonishment, she doesn't hang up.


Mathias Allary was born in Duesseldorf in 1960 and studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. He made the short films Polster Willi (1984), Ein Tag wie ein Jahr (1985) and Faschings-Mus (1987) before his first feature-length film Franta (1989). His other films areinclude: Art Car Cesar Manrique (1991), Endloser Abschied (1994) and Love, Life, Death (Liebe, Leben, Tod, 1995).
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1995
Director Mathias Allary
Screenplay Mathias Allary
Cinematography Jörg Widmer
Agape Dorstewitz
Christian Knobel
Cast Idil Uener, Katharina Thalbach, Jacques Breuer, Christine Buchegger, Claus Eberth, Susanne Simon, Matthias Eberth
Producer Mathias Allary
Production Company Allary Film/Munich, in co-production with ZDF
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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