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Schussangst (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 15 April 2004 (Germany)
Dito Tsintsadze's drama focuses on a loner whose life changes dramatically, when he gets to know a beautiful, but strange girl. Lukas, a young man doing "meals on wheels" instead of ... See full summary »

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Dito Tsintsadze

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Dirk Kurbjuweit (novel), Dirk Kurbjuweit (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fabian Hinrichs Fabian Hinrichs ... Lukas Eiserbeck
Lavinia Wilson ... Isabella
Johan Leysen ... Romberg, Isabellas Stiefvater
Ingeborg Westphal Ingeborg Westphal ... Sieveking
Rudolf W. Marnitz Rudolf W. Marnitz ... Beckmann
Thorsten Merten ... Krausser
Axel Prahl Axel Prahl ... 'Toter Mann' im Fluß / 'Dead man' in the river
Christoph Waltz ... Johannsen
Lena Stolze Lena Stolze ... Isabellas Mutter / Mother
Lasha Bakradze Lasha Bakradze ... Der Albaner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ingrid Böttger Ingrid Böttger ... Frau Wessel
Artur Dunker Artur Dunker ... Mann im Rollstuhl / Man in a wheelchair
Lieselotte Ehler Lieselotte Ehler ... Alte Frau / Old woman
Marika Giorgobiani ... Frau des Albaners
Dirk Kurbjuweit Dirk Kurbjuweit ... Mann mit Zeitung
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Dito Tsintsadze's drama focuses on a loner whose life changes dramatically, when he gets to know a beautiful, but strange girl. Lukas, a young man doing "meals on wheels" instead of military service, doesn't have many friends and leads a boring life, until he meets Isabella. The fascinating girl soon becomes his best friend, but Lukas learns she has a sexual relationship to her stepfather. Thus, he is obsessed with the idea of delivering Isabella by killing the man... Written by fippi2000

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

15 April 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Aseeton rakkaus See more »

Filming Locations:

Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

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Tatfilm See more »
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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German Hal Hartley with a touch of Claude Chabrol...
4 May 2005 | by snoozer1See all my reviews

Here we have the story of Lukas - a young man doing community service (delivering meals-on-wheels) as his penance for avoiding compulsory national service. Early in the film he meets Isabella, a rather troubled girl, on a bus. She hands him a note that simply says "Help Me". Why she needs help is not immediately clear, but during the course of their relationship Lukas does indeed discover the meaning of her 'note'. This sends them both on a downward spiraling course that neither of them could foresee....

I quite enjoyed "Schussangst". It's a story of how society has lost its sense of 'community' .. that even in a large city, we are essentially all alone. Much like a Hal Hartley film, we meet a number of interesting, sometimes quirky, characters along the way -- all of who contribute something to the final outcome. There's also a thriller undercurrent to it (as the title would suggest) that is very reminiscent of Claude Chabrol.

One of the better German films i have seen. Worth a look.


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