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Loneliness of the Crocodiles, The (Einsamkeit der Krokodile, Die)

Loneliness of the Crocodiles, The

If, as a child, you play the violin in the butcher's shop of your parents, while your unmoved father cuts up animals for slaughter, then you're facing a life full of contradictions, a life not easy to lead and certainly not without danger. Guenther, an intellectual son of a butcher from East Westphalia, is considered an eccentric in his village, and not only because of his musical talent. He antagonizes his parents because at night he takes out the farmer's pigs for a walk, in order to show them something other than the butcher's bench. He strongly irritates his professor because he insists on writing about "Plato and the Apaches", and he earns the scorn of his peers because he is not interested in the girls from the village. But is this gentle, shy crankiness truly reason enough to voluntarily leave this life?

To Elias, a young journalist from Hamburg, the alleged suicide of a distant cousin seems far too neat an end to a weird loner. So he travels to the village to find out more. When, of all people, he attracts the attentions of his landlady Heike, he has all the local men against him and finds himself in the role of the suspicious outsider. Nor are Guenther's parents pleased that posthumously somebody should show interest in their "abnormal" son. But Elias is unflustered and follows the few leads he can find. Via bizarre detours they lead him to Mary, a zestful African American. She tells him the story of their unusual love ...
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Jobst Christian Oetzmann
Screenplay Jobst Christian Oetzmann
Cinematography Hanno Lentz
Christel Sukow
Dieter Schleip
Cast Frederik Teschke, Dynelle Rhodes, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Ernst Stötzner, Rosemarie Fendel, Thomas Schmauser, Renate Krößner, Julia Jaeger, Janek Rieke
Producers Harald Kügler, Molly von Fürstenberg
Production Company Olga Film/Munich
Runtime 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Awards Best Film Score (ex aequo) Society of German Film Critics 2002
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor Prokino Filmverleih/Munich

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Bavaria Media International