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Anatomy 2 (Anatomie 2)

Anatomy 2
Scene from "Anatomy 2" (photo © Marco Nagel)

Working-class medical graduate Jo has just arrived in Berlin eager to begin his internship at a large, reputable clinic. The paltry pay and endless overtime hours do not dishearten him as much as the realization that he cannot provide his patients the help and human warmth they deserve and need. Most important to him is his goal to become a research physician: to find a cure for his brother Willi, who, strapped in a wheelchair, suffers from a severe muscle disease.

Things take an unexpected turn when a nurse asks him to perform an unauthorized operation on the daughter of a colleague. Despite his initial rejection, he agrees when he recognizes the child´s serious condition. The operation is successful and Jo's involvement comes to the attention of the charismatic Professor Mueller-Larousse. Larousse reads Jo's dissertation, expresses interest in his research, and invites Jo to the weekly gatherings of his “research salon”.

Now as a member of Larousse's elite, his workday changes like night and day. The stress disappears, but in its place comes a compromising situation that challenges not only Jo’s scruples, but almost costs him his life and career.


Stefan Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna in 1961. He studied Theater and History and worked as a journalist for Austrian Television. His feature directorial debut TEMPO won the Max Ophüls Promotional Award in 1997. THE INHERITORS became an international festival success, won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam and was presented at the New York Film Festival. ANATOMY became the top grossing German genre film to this day, LILLY THE WITCH a most successful children's movie. His haunting concentration camp drama THE COUNTERFEITERS (2007) celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale in 2007 and won the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards®. In 2012 DEADFALL, starring Eric Bana, Sissy Spacek, and Kris Kristofferson opened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky
Screenplay Stefan Ruzowitzky
Cinematography Andreas Berger
Hans Funck
Marius Ruhland
Ulrika Andersson
Cast Barnaby Metschurat, Herbert Knaup, Heike Makatsch, Roman Knižka, Frank Giering
Producers Andrea Willson, Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke
Production Companies Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion , Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion
Length 96 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby SRD
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby SRD, Dolby
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Bayerischer Bankenfonds
German Distributor Columbia TriStar Film/Berlin

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