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(Vier sind einer zuviel)

H. Jaenicke, M. Brandt, J-G. Kremp, B. Auer (photo © Nicolas Maack)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2007

Spare a thought for what has to be one of the hardest genres of them all, the romantic comedy, or romcom as it is affectionately known. Now, factor in this is a German romcom and, be honest now, you’re most likely playing the word association game: which is to say the two words you least associate with Germany are comedy and romantic! Well ... you lose! Because, contrary to popular belief, there is a very strong and developed German romcom tradition that, for business and structural reasons, exists primarily on TV.

Long introduction to one side, Vier sind einer zuviel (translation: "Four is One Too Many") takes the traditional ingredients (men and a woman) and serves up a helping of bittersweet romantic comedy in which melancholy and slapstick harmonize in a swirl of delicious delight.

Lisa (Barbara Auer) discovers on her wedding anniversary that husband Felix (Matthias Brandt) makes her really unhappy, and vice versa. She packs her bags and takes up residence in a shabby hotel to get her thoughts together, with little success. Felix, meanwhile, makes the transition from househusband to homeless. Lisa then lands in a shared apartment with Chris (Hannes Jaenicke) and Edgar (Jan-Gregor Kremp), two not-quite-over-the-hill ladies’ men. Separate soon become shared beds. Life is great, until the police deliver a handcuffed Felix to her door. Now four really are one too many!

Production company mementoFilm was founded in Cologne in 2001, with the Berlin subsidiary opening its doors in 2005. With an impressive number of films, for the big as well as small screen, already under the belt, company credits include the 2002 Das Jahr der ersten Kuesse and the TV movie Der Anwalt und sein Gast (2002), which won a slew of awards including the Nymphe D’Or at the 43rd Monte Carlo Television Festival 2002 for Best Actor (Goetz George) and director Torsten C. Fischer took the 2003 German Television Award for Best Director. On Vier sind einer zuviel Fischer again occupies the director’s chair and is working again with Barbara Auer who also starred in his feature film Liebeswunsch.

Genre Romantic Comedy

Year of Production 2007
Director Torsten C. Fischer
Screenplay Hans G. Raeth, Sathyan Ramesh
Cinematography Achim Poulheim
Benjamin Hembus
Martin Schreiber
Cast Barbara Auer, Matthias Brandt, Hannes Jaenicke, Jan-Gregor Kremp
Producers Markus Gruber, Doris J. Heinze
Production Company mementoFilm/Berlin, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg
Format 16 mm, color
Shooting Dates Hamburg and surroundings, February - March 2007
Sound Technology Stereo

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