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Fisherman and His Wife, The - Why Women Never Get Enough (Fischer und seine Frau, Der - warum Frauen nie genug bekommen)

Fisherman and His Wife, The - Why Women Never Get Enough
Scene from "The Fisherman and His Wife - Why Women Never Get Enough" (photo © Constantin Film Verleih GmbH)

Doris Dorrie's modern variation on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale explores the many sides of love, its highs, humor and heartaches, with warmth and wit.

Ida and Otto meet in rural Japan. She is a young fabric designer traveling the country in search of inspiration and ideas. He is one of the 'Flying Fish Doctors' buying koi for wealthy collectors in Germany. It's love at first sight and they marry in a traditional Japanese ceremony. Back in Germany, everyday life begins to take its toll as Ida's career takes an upturn. Otto is perfectly content in the here and now – 'love is all you need' - whereas Ida only seems happy when she's making plans. Otto struggles to assist Ida in making her dreams come true and ends up neglecting his own career as a veterinary doctor. When Ida becomes pregnant, it is Otto who stays home to raise their child, freeing Ida to pursue her ever-expanding ambitions. The more successful Ida is, the more frustrated she is with Otto's lack of luster. Her fashions, based on the patterns of Otto's big passion, kois, soon become the latest international fashion rage but Ida still isn't satisfied. She wants it all. But the more Otto gives up, the more she holds it against him and the more forlorn he becomes - a vicious circle that spirals out of control. Their love, once so perfect, is on the verge of self-destructing…


Doris Dörrie was born in Hanover. After studying Acting, Philosophy and Psychology in the US, she studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, where she now runs the Creative Writing Department. In addition to directing, she is also a novelist. Her award-winning films include: STRAIGHT THROUGH THE HEART (MITTEN INS HERZ, 1983), INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE WHALE (IN INNEREN DES WALS, 1984), MEN (MÄNNER, 1985), PARADISE (PARADIES, 1986), ME AND HIM (ICH UND ER, 1988), MONEY (GELD, 1989), HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TÜRKE!, 1992), NOBODY LOVES ME (KEINER LIEBT MICH, 1994), AM I BEAUTIFUL? (BIN ICH SCHÖN?,1998), ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED (ERLEUCHTUNG GARANTIERT, 2000), "NAKED" (NACKT, 2002), THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE – WHY WOMEN NEVER GET ENOUGH (DER FISCHER UND SEINE FRAU – WARUM FRAUEN NIE GENUG BEKOMMEN, 2005), HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE (2007), CHERRY BLOSSOMS - HANAMI (KIRSCHBLÜTEN – HANAMI, 2008), THE HAIRDRESSER (DIE FRISEUSE, 2010), BLISS (GLÜCK, 2011), THE WHOLE SHEBANG (ALLES INKLUSIVE, 2014), and GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA (GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA, 2016).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Doris Dörrie
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Inez Regnier
Bernd Lepel
Cast Christian Ulmen, Alexandra Maria Lara, Simon Verhoeven, Young-Shin Kim, Petra Zieser, Elmar Wepper, Ulrike Kriener, Christoph Maria Herbst, Gustav Peter Wöhler
Producer Patrick Zorer
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion, in co-production with Fanes Film/Munich, Megaherz Film & Fernsehen/Munich
Length 102 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Montreal New 2005 (In Competition), Tallinn Black Nights 2005, Berlin 2006 (German Cinema), Mons International Love Film Fetsival 2006, Philadelphia 2006, MIFF 2006 (In Competition), Women's Film Festival Seoul 2006, Singapore 2006, Washington D.C. 2006, Flying Broom Ankara 2006, Shanghai 2006, Jerusalem 2006, Kolkata 2006, Rio 2006, Molodist Kiev 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM, Bayerischer Bankenfonds
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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