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You Told Me You Love Me (Du hast gesagt, dass Du mich liebst)

You Told Me You Love Me
Scene from "You Told Me You Love Me" (photo © Moana-Film GmbH/Berlin)

Johanna Perl, a seven-time German swimming champion, lives her retired life isolated and lonely. Constant thoughts about death and the meaning of her existence torture her. Except for her memories of previous victories and her daughter, she has nothing left in life. But her days of senseless vegetation come to an end when she stumbles upon a lonely hearts ad in the newspaper. Drawn to it as though it were a sign from God, she arranges to meet the man. And it’s love at first sight.

Johannes is a writer and not until he meets Johanna does his luck strike. Finally he is able to finish his novel – You Told Me You Love Me – and it becomes a bestseller. Johanna too discovers new talents in photography and is finally able to make peace with her dead mother. But Johannes’ success soon casts a dark cloud over their relationship. He starts to distance himself from Johanna and gets tangled up in an affair, not yet realizing that Johanna is indeed the love of his life.

But everything that happens seems to have a purpose. And after a turbulent odyssey, the two find their way back to each other, thus proving the fate and destiny of their love for one another…
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Rudolf Thome
Screenplay Rudolf Thome
Cinematography Ute Freund
Doerte Voelz
Katia Tchemberdji
Susanna Cardelli
Cast Hannelore Elsner, Johannes Herrschmann, Anna de Carlo, Bastian Trost
Producer Rudolf Thome
Production Company Moana-Film/Berlin
Length 117 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Vienna 2006, Vancouver 2007