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Life for the egoistic charmer Fred is one big cream gateau from which he happily plucks out the cherries. But, in the end, his wife and partner Charlotte has caught him nibbling just once too often. She hires a professional killer to send her unfaithful spouse up the river. Fred, though, still manages to come to a deal with Death himself on the ferry to the other side: in order to get his life back, he has three days to save three women from their misfortunes whose hearts he broke when he was alive. Not an easy task, especially as his mission as one of the living dead begins in the coal cellar of the shrinking violet Rita.

Rainer Matsutani was born in 1964 in Hockenheim. He worked as a freelance film critic from 1984-1987, receiving a scholarship for the Berlin Script Workshop in 1987. He then attended the University of Television & Film in Munich. In 1989, he founded the production company Engram Pictures, writing and shooting various commercials and shorts, including the cult thriller KLINIK DES GRAUENS (1992). For his debut feature OVER MY DEAD BODY (1995) he won the Bavarian Film Prize. His other films include: GEISTERSTUNDE - FAHRSTUHL INS JENSEIT (TV, 1997), 666 - TRAUE KEINEM, MIT DEM DU SCHLÄFST! (2002), DIE STIMMEN (TV, 2003), DAMALS WARST DU STILL (TV, 2005), DAS INFERNO - FLAMMEN ÜBER BERLIN (TV, 2007), GANGS (2009), and ROOM 205 (2011).
Category Feature
Director Rainer Matsutani
Screenplay Sebastian Niemann, Rainer Matsutani
Cinematography Gerhard Schirlo
Hana Muellner
Nikos Platyrachos
Cast Ulrike Folkers, Christoph M. Ohrt, Udo Kier, Felix Eitner, Julia Brendler, Katja Riemann, David Michael Williamson
Producer Juergen Hebstreit
Production Company ENGRAM Pictures/Munich, in co-production with TiMe Medienvertrieb/Munich, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Arnold & Richter/Munich
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Muenchen 1995, Montreal 95, San Sebastian 1995
With backing from German Federal Film Board, LfA
German Distributor TiMe Medienvertrieb/Munich

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