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Stranger (Als der Fremde kam)

Stranger
Scene from "Stranger" (photo © Colonia Media)

Anne and Mathias Wernicke have been married for twenty years and lead a calm and eventless life in a small village that could be nearly everywhere in Germany. Mathias and son Uli are both factory workers; Anne works as a cook in the same company. The family finds out that the factory will be dismissing most of the employees, even though the company is doing financially well. Compensations and social welfare packages are promised in order to help moderate the company's decisions. Dr. Robert Stubenrauch, a trade unionist, arrives on the scene to help support the employees. While staying at the Wernicke's house, he falls in love with Anne. He tries to ignore his feelings, particularly since he has also become close friends with Mathias and Uli. But his feelings for Anne give him the strength and motivation to really make things happen like he did 30 years ago. He advises the workers to go on strike: a decision that has serious consequences. Anne too begins to fall in love with Robert and leaves Mathias. But not only Mathias, the other workers also feel left by the wayside...
Genre Drama

Year of Production 2005
Director Andreas Kleinert
Screenplay Andreas Kleinert, Hans Werner Honert
Cinematography Johann Feindt
Gisela Zick
Andreas Hoge
Stefan Schoenberg
Cast Goetz George, Dagmar Manzel, Gudrun Ritter, Christian Redl, Aljoscha Stadelmann
Producer Sonja Goslicki
Production Company Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne
Length 90 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Baden-Baden 2005

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