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Unhappy Without A Woman Too (Auch ohne Frau ungluecklich)

Unhappy Without A Woman Too

Jonas is 26, still lives at home, doesn't watch any horror films and is afraid of snakes. He is a careful driver, doesn't take any drugs and is pampered by his mother. Jonas is happy until his girlfriend leaves him because she thinks he is the biggest coward of all time - and she's right. As Jonas is afraid of making a fool of himself again with a woman, his friends' attempts to set him up with a new partner are all miserable failures. He is all alone until he meets Lena; she is a cycle courier, good-looking and an eco-terrorist. He falls in love with her on the spot, but Lena has a "softie trauma" and will only sleep with him when he can prove to her that he isn't a wimp. Jonas follows her into another world, helps her with her campaigns, fights a jealous rival and fights a horde of pissed off skinheads. At the end he has learnt two things. Firstly, what real fear is, and, secondly, how hard it is to tell his mother that he'd like to move out.


Janek Rieke was born in Hamburg in 1971 and studied Philosophy for two years before changing to the directing course at Hamburg's Institute for Theater, Music Theatre and Film in 1994. He graduated in April 1996 with the film Jenseits von Schweden. His other films include: Hamburg-Vice (video, 1988), Die letzten Helden (video, 1989/1990), Anuschka 43 (video, 1991), Burkhard trifft Tillmann (video, 1991), Die hirnlose Frau (1994), Conga Bop (music video, 1994), Neulich am Deich (1995), and Unhappy Without A Woman Too (Auch ohne Frau ungluecklich, 1996).
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Janek Rieke
Screenplay Janek Rieke
Cinematography Florian Ballhaus
Brigitte Kirsche
Cast Janek Rieke, Lisa Martinek, Marek Harloff, Katrin Sass, Gerhard Garbers, Hark Bohm
Producer Helga Baehr
Production Company Lichtblick Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MSH-Schleswig-Holstein

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