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Pharmacist, The (Apothekerin, Die)

Pharmacist, The

Hella is thirty and a pharmacist. Her previously rather dreary love life gets a completely unexpected kickstart when three totally different kinds of men suddenly come into her life. Levin, a student with a liking for money, fast cars and beautiful women; Dieter, an ex-con with domestic ambitions; and Pavel, a romantic with a sense of family. As she initially has difficulty in making her mind up, a solution to her problems is offered by a well-stocked medicine chest and a series of mysterious deaths.


Rainer Kaufmann was born in Frankfurt in 1959 and graduated from the Academy of Television & Film in Munich in 1990. During his studies he made several award-winning shorts, including The Most Beautiful Breasts in the World (Der schoenste Busen der Welt, 1990). His first feature-length TV film, Dann eben mit Gewalt (1992), won numerous European awards. A selection of his other films includes: Einer meiner aeltesten Freunde (TV, 1993), Der Unschuldsengel (TV, 1994), Talk of the Town (Stadtgespraech, 1995), Greenhorn (TV, 1995), The Pharmacist (Die Apothekerin, 1997), Long Hello and Short Goodbye (1998), Cold is the Evening Breeze (Kalt ist der Abendhauch, 1999), Ausflug (2001), Und die Braut wusste von nichts (TV, 2002), Queen of Cherries (Die Kirschenkoenigin, 2004), Maria\'s Last Journey (Maria\'s letzte Reise, TV, 2005), and Runaway Horse (Ein fliehendes Pferd, 2007).
Category Feature
Director Rainer Kaufmann
Screenplay Kathrin Richter, Ralf Hertwig
Cinematography Klaus Eichhammer
Ueli Christen
Maximilian Geller, Ludwig Eckmann
Silke Buhr
Cast August Zirner, Dagmar Manzel, Katja Riemann, Andrea Sawatzki, Jürgen Vogel, Richy Müller, Isabella Parkinson
Producers Hanno Huth, Günter Rohrbach
Production Company Senator Film Produktion, in co-production with Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion
Length 108 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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