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Stephen Mangan as “Max Breslauer“ (photo © Kerstin Stelter)

Max Breslauer, attractive, vital and in his mid-thirties, is living as a business consultant in Amsterdam. He is the elder of Simon Breslauer's two sons, who as the only one of a family of poor East European Jews survived the war and established a textile empire in the Netherlands. Simon is an experienced businessman, rough, yet clumsy - and full of sentimentality. Strict and loving at the same time, he values traditions such as the obligatory family dinner on Shabbat, which he uses for suffocating his two sons and his wife with his Jewish worldly wisdoms.

It is difficult for Max to find his own way in life, always being overshadowed by the figure of his omnipresent father. As future heir of SuperTex, he chooses to ignore all of it, including his family and his entire Jewish background. Frustrated with his father's permanent disregard for his professional qualities, he unexpectedly leaves the family business.

Then one morning Max accidentally hits a young boy with his car - and finds himself forced to question his own identity. His girlfriend Esther leaves for Israel in search of a purer life. When his father then falls into a coma and his brother messes up a business deal for the family company in Casablanca, it seems as though all the people important to Max have left him. At this point, he finally seems to find his orientation in life in the philosophy of his father Simon: "An hour in paradise is well worthwhile." Max has finally grown up and is ready to accept his father's legacy.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Jan Schütte
Screenplay Richard Reitinger, Andrew Kazamia, Jan Schütte
Cinematography Edward Klosinski
Renate Merck
Zbigniew Preisner
Benedict Schillemans
Cast Anna Geislerová, Tracy-Ann Obermann, Meital Berdah, Victor Loew, Otto Tausig, Maureen Lipman, Elliot Levey, Stephen Mangan, Jan Decleir
Producers Haig Balian, Wiebke Toppel
Production Company HaleBob Film/Emmerich, in co-production with Novoskop Film/Berlin, Minerva Film/Amsterdam, TOBIS Filmproduktion, WDR, ARTE, ARTE France Cinéma/Paris, Covimages/Paris
Runtime 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Subtitled Versions French, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Toronto 2003 (Contemporary World Cinema), San Sebastian 2003 (in competition)
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Nederlandse Fonds voor de Film
German Distributor Solo Film Verleih/Munich

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