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THE WHOLE SHEBANG is the story of an encounter of some very diverse people, whose lives are intertwined by a fateful incident a long time ago. A melancholic comedy about mothers and daughters, about love's ups and downs and the shortcomings of alternative and middle-class life concepts. It's about the absurdity of modern traveling and our everlasting longing for the south. Can you book happiness just like a holiday – all inclusive?

Apple owes her peculiar first name to her mother Ingrid. Never again does she want to live the chaotic life of her childhood. In 1967, in Spain in a tent at a hippie beach, when Apple's mother had a passionate love affair with Karl. Now, thirty years later, Apple's love life is a mere disaster, her only friend and confidant being her dog. Ingrid, the once topless queen of the beach, still a free spirit, returns as a package holiday tourist to Torremolinos. The hippie beach has gone and she hardly recognizes the place, now distorted by hideous new hotels, invasive animators and partying youths. An encounter with a refugee landing by boat and the acquaintance with Tim, a gender bender, force Ingrid to reflect on her past. When Apple arrives in Spain to visit her mother, she is in for a big surprise.
Genre Drama, Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Doris Dörrie
Cinematography Hanno Lentz
Cast Hannelore Elsner, Nadja Uhl, Hinnerk Schönemann, Axel Prahl
Producers Molly von Fürstenberg, Harald Kügler
Production Company Olga Film/Munich, in co-production with BR
Runtime 124 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2.39
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Rio de Janeiro 2014
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, BKM
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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