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On the set of UNTER FRAUEN (photo © NFP/Ninety-Minute Film/Martin Menke)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2011

UNTER FRAUEN is a romantic comedy about an übermacho who, quite unexpectedly, is forced to become much more intensively involved with the world of women than he would like: in fact, he is thrust into his own personal, private hell of a world populated only by women!

Alex has the perfect life: he is young, smart, good looking and able to wrap women around his little finger before zooming off in his sports car from one to the next. He's maybe heard the words “steady relationship” but does he know what they mean? Does he even care? His vocabulary likewise lacks the words “team player” and as for “understanding women”.... p-huh-lease! He leaves that to others.

But when his playmates, all of whom believe they're “the one”, discover they are anything but, they team up to get their own back, with astonishing results: after a traumatic incident, Alex awakes in a world populated only by women! Even worse: he himself is also accepted as being one of them, albeit with a small anatomic peculiarity.

Alex has now become Alexandra, his best friend Silvio is now Silvia. Instead of sex there is cuddling, children are what happens when you really, really, really want them because they're so great and there's a w-h-o-l-e lot of talking things through and hardly any arguing. Everyone takes consideration of everyone else's feelings and all are on a harmonious “cloud 9”.

For macho Alex this is his own personal, private hell! And right now, of all times, he develops feelings for a woman such as he has never known before. Slowly but surely, Paula has found her way into his heart. But how should he conquer hers?

Somehow, Alex has to show Paula he's more than her best (girl)friend – and he also has to find his way out of this damned parallel world, together with her.

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Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Director Hansjörg Thurn
Screenplay Sarah Schnier
Cinematography Markus Hausen
Cast Sebastian Ströbel, Alexandra Neldel, Fahri Yardim, Grit Boettcher, Martin Brambach, Nina Petri, Emilia Schüle, Collien Ulmen Fernandes
Producer Ivo-Alexander Beck
Co-Producer Christian Franckenstein
Production Company Ninety-Minute Film/Berlin, in co-production with Filmpool Film- & Fernsehproduktion/Cologne, ZDF
Original Version
 German
Shooting Dates May-June 2011
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund

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