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Does it really exist, the pinnacle of life? Guenther and Paul are convinced that it does: they want to live – to the limit and with no compromises – and they expect the same of love. Together with Guenther’s sister Hilde they spend the weekend at a summer house in the country. Paul is fascinated by Hilde and falls in love with her. And at first it seems as though she feels the same about him. But Hilde has many loves. She is secretly dating Hans – Guenther’s former lover.

With a large group of friends, they have a drunken bohemian party in the garden. When Hans surprisingly turns up, he sets in motion a roller coaster of emotions that soon rages out of control. Drunk on absinthe, music and their lust for life, the four young people are caught in a deadly maelstrom.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Achim von Borries
Screenplay Henk Handloegten, Achim von Borries
Cinematography Jutta Pohlmann
Antje Zynga, Gergana Voigt
Ingo Ludwig Frenzel, Thomas Feiner
Ulrika Andersson
Cast Jana Pallaske, Thure Lindhardt, Anna Maria Mühe, August Diehl, Daniel Brühl
Producers Stefan Arndt, Christophe Mazodier
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with ARTE, ZDF
Runtime 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Sundance 2004, Berlin 2004, Hong Kong 2004 (FireBird Competition), Istanbul 2004 (In Competition), Verona 2004 (In Competition), Brussels 2004 (In Competition), Moscow 2004, Karlovy Vary 2004, Valencia 2004, Copenhagen 2004 (In Competition), Film By The Sea Netherlands 2004 (In Competition), Vancouver 2004, Rio 2004, Hifa 2004, Chicago 2004 (New Directors' Competition), London 2004, Sao Paulo 2004 (In Competition), Seville 2004 (In Competition), Stockholm 2004 (In Competition), Havana 2004, among others
Awards Best Film Verona 2004, Best Actress Copenhagen 2004
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM
German Distributor X Verleih

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