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Scene from "Karger" (photo © Albrecht Pischel)

Karger, a typical forever-in-blue jeans kind of guy in his mid-thirties, is a steel worker in one of the last (male) bastions of a former combine. He has hardly ever left his home, a seat of industry which has become a dapper small town between Leipzig and Dresden in Germany. Kargers life begins to falter when against all expectations, he and his wife, Sabine, get together on the day of their divorce. Yet while Karger nourishes the slender hope for a new beginning, Sabine simply considers it to be an adventurous moment. With the obstinate naivety of a teenager, Karger tries to revive his illusion of family through the joint-custody of their daughter Clara, but rarely reaches his goal. When he becomes a victim of downsizing, he finds himself once again in an emotional vacuum. He quickly rushes into a relationship with Ulrike, a woman he knows from his occasional trips to the local pub. Ulrike and Karger become a couple, and overnight, Karger takes his place at the table of a new family. However, what at first sight seems to be an obvious and perfect solution to mend his shattered life just might not be...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Elke Hauck
Screenplay Elke Hauck
Cinematography Patrick Orth
Barbara Gebler, Stefan Stabenow
Cast Jens Klemig, Marion Kuhnt, Anja Dietrich, Nele Boberach
Producers Katrin Schlösser, Frank Loeprich
Production Company öFilm/Berlin
Runtime 90 min
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2007, Karlovy Vary 2007, Achtung Berlin 2007
Awards Max Ophuels Prize Saarbruecken 2007
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, MDR, SLM, DEFA, MEDIA
German Distributor Novapool Pictures/Berlin

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