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What could a timid, technologically inept electrical engineer, a crime novelist stuck in the middle of Central Asia, an aging woman dying of pancreatic cancer, a movie star caught in the whirlwind of a public scandal, and an overweight computer nerd infatuated with a character from a romance novel, possibly have in common?

It all begins very simply: with the purchase of a cell phone. Ebling has never owned one, even though he’s an electrical engineer. Almost immediately, the calls start coming in, but they are all intended for someone else. Meanwhile, the calls that Ebling makes create a domino effect of minor mishaps and major tragedies.

With each escalating incident, perfect strangers begin to drift into each other’s lives. Seeking temporary refuge from the public spotlight, famous actor Ralf Tanner unexpectedly runs into his doppelganger and decides to switch lives. On a book tour across South America, Leo Richter, an acclaimed but highly neurotic writer, begins to see the – sometimes horrifying – effects of the stories he creates. Caught in a web of absurd misunderstandings, Maria Rubinstein ends up in a strange land with no money, no way of communication, and no identity.
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Isabel Kleefeld
Screenplay Isabel Kleefeld
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Cast Senta Berger, Heino Ferch, Julia Koschitz, Stefan Kurt, Axel Ranisch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Justus von Dohnányi
Producers Tom Spieß, Christoph Friedel, Sönke Wortmann, Claudia Steffen
Co-Producers Danny Krausz, Isabelle Welter, Christof Neracher
Production Companies Little Shark Entertainment, TERZ Film/Cologne, in co-production with Dor Film, Hugofilm Productions, WDR, ARD Degeto, ARTE, ORF/Vienna, SFR/SRG, SSR
Runtime 99 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Subtitled Version English
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Eurimages, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Zürcher Filmstiftung, MEDIA
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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