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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2013

It’s something all children do at one time or another (Okay, adults too!), “playing doctor”. It’s all part of growing up, is perfectly normal and leaves no lasting mental scars and associated trauma, right? Wrong! Because in the case of Andi, aged six, who played with Lilli, also aged six and the daughter of his mother’s best friend, this innocent game went horribly, tragically wrong when she laughed at the size of his penis and embarrassed him in front of all his birthday guests.

Ten years later, today in other words, Andi has still not yet come to terms with the incident and is convinced he is grossly lacking in the endowment department. Not like Bobby, the buff guy at school all the girls have the hots for, Bobby who dominates the changing room after sports practice and is hung like a... You get the picture. Now, with his young hormones past boiling point, Andi is heavily into Katja, who is heavily into Bobby. To make matters worse Lilli, the cause of his grief, who is also sixteen, is coming to Munich to visit them.

What follows next in DOKTORSPIELE is a glorious tangle of coming-of-age growing pains and utter, total embarrassment featuring everything that moves a teenager’s heart: sexual ringtones, pornographic magazines, jealousy, misunderstanding, alcohol, inappropriate urination, dead goldfish, inflated condoms, hangovers, rock music, more jealousy, intrigues, petting, accidental bukake (It’s Japanese, best look it up), rejection, scoring with girls and boys, romantic kisses, nudity, swimming pools, penis envy, arson, football, sexting, penis problems again, the first time, coming out, a train chase, more romantic kissing and... one last round of “playing doctor”, but this time properly, without any hang-ups or let-downs, unless you count Andi’s trousers, of course!

Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Director Marco Petry
Screenplay Marco Petry, Jan Ehlert
Cinematography Jo Heim
Cast Merlin Rose, Lisa Vicari, Max von der Groeben, Jannis Niewöhner, Ella-Maria Gollmer, Olga von Luckwald, Christiane Paul, Oliver Korittke
Producer Robert Marciniak
Co-Producer Marco Mehlitz
Production Company Lieblingsfilm, in co-production with Fox International Productions (Germany)/Berlin
Shooting Dates June-August 2013
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, HessenInvestFilm

World Sales
Fox International Productions (Germany)
Shebnem Askin