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Trio, The (Trio, Das)

Trio, The

Zobel and Karl are a couple - and have been so for a long time. Lizzi, Zobel's daughter from a heterosexual interlude, lives with the two men. Together, they form a trio. Their home is a caravan and their work - pickpocketing. Zobel has the upper hand and the money in this family and he organises their beats. While Zobel feels that he's in the prime of his life, Karl's face shows every minute he's spent in the daily grind of this trade. Karl is tired. The accidents where he puts the trio in jeopardy become more frequent. Trying to reverse one of his mistakes, he ends up in hospital with serious injuries. Karl dies and that changes everything. A young man now completes the trio. Rudolf is young, fast and quick to learn. Lizzi likes him and he awakes longings in Zobel, who, as the strict head of the family, immediately declares a fundamental principle: "No exchange of bodily fluids within the team". But Zobel is not the man to keep to a moral code - even if it is one he formulated himself. And Lizzi? She proves once again to be very much her father's daughter.


Hermine Huntgeburth studied Film at the Hamburg Hochschule für Bildende Künste and in Sydney/Australia. After working on several short and documentary films, she was awarded the German Film Award for Best Newcomer Director in 1991 for her directorial feature film debut IM KREIS DER LIEBEN, followed by such award-winning television films as EIN FALSCHER SCHRITT (1994), GEFÄHRLICHE FREUNDIN (1996), UND ALLES WEGEN MAMA (1998), DER HAHN IST TOT (1999), DIE STUNDE DES WOLFS (1999), ROMEO (2001), EVA BLOND UND DER ZWERG IM SCHLIESSFACH (2003), DER BOXER UND DIE FRISEUSE (2004), and the two-part TV series TEUFELSBRATEN (2007). Among her feature film credits are popular hits such as TRIO (1998), BIBI BLOCKSBERG (2002), THE WHITE MASAI (2005), EFFI BRIEST (2009), TOM SAWYER (2011), and THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (2012).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Hermine Huntgeburth
Screenplay Horst J. Sczerba, Volker Einrauch, Hermine Huntgeburth
Cinematography Martin Kukula
Ingrid Martell
Niki Reiser
Cast Goetz George, Christian Redl, Jeanette Hain, Felix Eitner
Producer Laurens Straub
Production Company Next Film, in co-production with ARTE, NDR/Hamburg, ORF/Vienna
Length 106 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 1998 (German Films)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

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