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Kaethchens Traum

Kaethchens Traum
Tobias Moretti, Teresa Weissbach (photo © Matthias Baus)

The most beautiful love story in the German language, told here in a new way. With Kleist’s original dialogs on her lips, a 16-year-old girl chases after a doctor specializing in gene technology. He wants everything, except her, and in the end, he will lose everything but her heart.

The climate has changed. Homes are functional and old ruins serve as high-tech factories. Youth and beauty are the only things that really matter. Thanks to modern medicine, the average life expectancy has been biblically extended. Only those who remain young become big stars, but are also in constant danger of being swallowed up. Like the young entrepreneur Friedrich Strahl.

When Strahl hears about the negative side-effects his creation has on a young 16-year-old girl, he immediately suspects that one of his rivals is just trying to bump him out of the market. The young girl is Kaethchen, who follows him around like a groupie. Strahl however is in love with his arch-enemy’s manager and begins a wild, erotic affair with her – which itself is not free of economic motives.

While Kaethchen continues to stalk him, the noose around Strahl’s neck begins to tighten. He is at risk of losing everything. Not until Kaethchen risks her own life to save Strahl’s lover, does he realize and recognize that she is indeed the woman of his life: unflinching, strong, and mortal.


Juergen Flimm was born in Giessen in 1941 and studied Theater Studies, German and Sociology in Cologne. He has staged around 70 plays at theaters in Germany and abroad since 1971 and has been the director at theaters in Mannheim, Hamburg, Munich, Bochum, Frankfurt, and Cologne. A selection of his television films include: Polly (1974), Turandot (1975), Die Geburtstagsfeier (1978), Uns reicht das nicht (1978), Polnischer Sommer (1981), Civil Wars (1984), Die Wupper (1984), Wer zu spaet kommt (1990), Through Roses (1996), and Kaethchens Traum (2003).
Genre Drama, Love Story

Year of Production 2003
Director Juergen Flimm
Screenplay Stefan Daehnert
Cinematography Holly Fink
Ulrike Leipold
Frank Wulff, Stefan Wulff, Hinrich Dagefoer
Christian Bussmann
Cast Tobias Moretti, Teresa Weissbach, Julia Stemberger, Armin Rohde, August Zirner, Sylvester Groth, Ernst Stötzner
Producer Sytze van der Laan
Production Company Studio Hamburg/Hamburg
Length 89 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Cologne Conference 2004
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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