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Helmut and Sabine Halm have always managed vacations of lazy privacy at their favorite retreat on Germany's Lake Constance. So when the energetic, handsome Klaus Buch turns up with his beautiful girlfriend Helene, Helmut is quite ready to dismiss this dimly familiar acquaintance. But Klaus is overjoyed to recognize his old schoolmate Helmut, eager to recall every incident of their shared time, and to display every detail of this successful lifestyle as a fit sportsman and author. The precious days of privacy give way to an unwanted and awkward intimacy, as the Buchs and the Halms hike, dine and sail together. Their joint activities aggravate myriad psychological tensions among the four characters, which are all the more intensely ironic for their peaceful veneer and which must eventually erupt.
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Rainer Kaufmann
Screenplay Kathrin Richter, Ralf Hertwig
Cinematography Klaus Eichhammer
Christel Suckow
Annette Focks
Renate Schmaderer
Cast Ulrich Tukur, Katja Riemann, Ulrich Noethen, Petra Schmidt-Schaller
Producer Rikolt von Gagern
Production Company Gate Film/Munich, in co-production with Clasart Film/Munich, ZDF
Runtime 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Göteborg 2008, Shanghai 2008, Montreal 2008
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2007 (Best Upcoming Actress: Petra Schmidt-Schaller)
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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