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MOONLIGHT TARIFF (MONDSCHEINTARIF)

MOONLIGHT TARIFF

Saturday evening: Cora Huebsch recently slept with Daniel for the first time and is now impatiently waiting for him to call her. That is the beginning of this story about love, sex and everyday vanities and forms the basis for telling the story of the encounter between Cora and Daniel in interlinked flashbacks and entertaining episodes. But, it also takes a couple of ironic pot-shots at the complex and sometimes complicated mechanisms of the relationships between women and men. Making use of a variety of narrative stylistic devices, the story constantly drifts off into anecdotes told in loving, detailed fashion about the frequently comical diversions and confusion inevitably accompanying two people finding their way to one another. The main drift of the story is Cora waiting at the telephone in vain. Cora experiences an emotional roller-coaster ride that finally brings her to the insight that "he" is not going to call. Cora has coincidence to thank for the fact that she ends up in the arms of her lover this evening as well as the insight that all of the well-meaning tips, bits of advice and wisdom only stood in the way of her finding the man of her dreams.


Ralf Huettner was born in 1954 and graduated from the University of Television & Film in Munich in 1985 with the film MARILYN. His feature debut DAS MÄDCHEN MIT DEN FEUERZEUGEN (1987) was a major success, winning prizes at home and abroad. His other films include: ANDENKEN AN EINEN ENGEL (short, 1983), IN AFRIKA IST MUTTERTAG and NERZWÖLFE (shorts, 1984), DER FLUCH (1988), BABYLON (1990), DER PAPAGEI (TV, 1992), TEXAS - DOC SNYDER HÄLT DIE WELT IN ATEM (1993), VOLL NORMAAL (1994), DER KALTE FINGER (1995), DIE MUSTERKNABEN (1997), DIE MUSTERKNABEN 2 (1998), MONDSCHEINTARIF (2001), DIE MUSTERKNABEN 3 (2002), REINE FORMSACHE (2005), DR. PSYCHO (TV, 2007), DIE JAGD NACH DEM SCHATZ DER NIBELUNGEN (TV, 2007), PUTZFRAUEN UNDERCOVER (TV, 2008), VINCENT WANTS TO SEA (VINCENT WILL MEER, 2009), and LOST IN SIBERIA (AUSGERECHNET SIBIRIEN, 2011).
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Ralf Huettner
Screenplay Barbara Oslejek, Silke Neumayer, Ralf Huettner
Cinematography Tommy Wildner
Horst Reiter
Schallbau, Reamonn
Ingrid Buron
Cast Bettina Zimmermann, Tim Bergmann, Gruschenka Stevens, Jasmin Tabatabai
Producers Andreas Schneppe, Eric Moss, Kirsten Hager
Production Company Hager Moss Film/Munich, in co-production with Senator Film Produktion
Length 90 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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