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Family Jewels, The (Eierdiebe)

Family Jewels, The
Scene from "The Family Jewels" (photo © Odeon Pictures GmbH)

Martin is the ambitious one in the family. He is poised to start on his doctorate, when he is diagnosed with testicular cancer and all his future plans begin to unravel. The removal of one testicle reduces the most immediate threat, but the cancer has already spread and Martin's doctor argues for an operation that would save him, but could also castrate him. Martin refuses to risk the remainder of his manhood and instead chooses a long and painful chemotherapy, a treatment which offers no guarantees. The cancer ward now becomes Martin’s new home, patients Susanne, Harry and Nickel his new friends and fellow sufferers. Martin falls in love with Susanne and grows attached to Harry and Nickel, but he is still haunted by a vague feeling of loss. Convinced that he needs his missing testicle to feel complete again, he and his friends set out on a foolhardy yet uplifting mission to the hospital's most secret chambers, where they not only have a ball, but bring one back as well…


Robert Schwentke was born in 1968. He studied Literature and Philosophy at the Eberhard Karl University in Tübingen and later earned an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. A selection of his films includes: TATTOO (2002), EIERDIEBE (2003), FLIGHTPLAN (2005), LIE TO ME (pilot, 2009), THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE (2009), R.E.D. (2010), R.I.P.D. (2013), THE NOVICE (pilot, 2014), DIVERGENT - INSURGENT (2015), DIVERGENT - ALLEGIANT (2016), and THE CAPTAIN (2017).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Robert Schwentke
Screenplay Robert Schwentke
Cinematography Florian Ballhaus
Hans Funck
Martin Todsharow
Patrick Mueller
Cast Janek Rieke, Julia Hummer, Antoine Monot Jr., Wotan Wilke Möhring, Alexander Beyer
Producer Oliver Huzly
Production Company Odeon Pictures/Berlin, in co-production with STUDIOCANAL Film, in cooperation with ZDF, ARTE
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Moscow 2003, Sao Paulo 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor TOBIS Film

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