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Hierankl (2003)

Lene, a young student, is standing at the train station. She has to make up her mind whether to take the train back to Berlin (where she lives) or the one to the Bavarian countryside where ... See full summary »

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Hans Steinbichler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johanna Wokalek ... Lene / Daughter
Barbara Sukowa ... Rosemarie / Mother
Josef Bierbichler ... Lukas / Father
Frank Giering ... Paul / Son
Peter Simonischek ... Goetz
Alexander Beyer ... Vincenz / farm-hand
Ditte Schupp Ditte Schupp ... Esther / Lukas' mistress
Butz Ulrich Buse ... Pfarrer (as Butz Buse)
Julia Gschnitzer Julia Gschnitzer ... Tante Miezel
Vroni Bittenbinder Vroni Bittenbinder ... Lene / 9 Jahre alt-Years old
Paolo Walcher Paolo Walcher ... Paul / 8 Jahre alt-Years old
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Lene, a young student, is standing at the train station. She has to make up her mind whether to take the train back to Berlin (where she lives) or the one to the Bavarian countryside where her family resides (and from where she left in anger many years ago): Finally, she takes the train to her family. Hierankl is the name of a Bavarian "Bergbauernhof", i.e., a solitary farm in the mountains with nothing else around but Alps and cows and nature. When Lene comes home, she meets Lukas, her beloved father, Rosemarie, her rejecting mother, her brother Paul, plus a dark and sinister farm-hand. Lene walks through the places of her childhood, things seem to be just alright for her. They're getting even better when Götz, a long-missed friend of her father's, arrives by surprise: Lukas 60th birthday is to be celebrated, and Götz has come back to congratulate, it seems. Lene and Götz attract each other, despite the significant difference of their age, and they are having a good time. Then, ... Written by Claus Horn

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 November 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Liaisons coupables See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiemgau, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,980
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Production Co:

Avista Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Outstanding!
18 September 2004 | by karl-maukSee all my reviews

I really had a lot of expectations when I went to see this movie knowing Johanna Wokalek plays the leading role and it also has Barbara Sukowa in it, one of my favorite actresses of the Fassbinder era, and also Hans Simonischek, arguably one of the titans of German language theater. Normally, when expectations run high, the disappointment is big, but this movie really did deliver! The story is intense and very well scripted, acting is superb by the entire cast to the tiniest role. Director Hans Steinbichler, a first-timer, delivered a true masterpiece. Johanna Wokalek who has to carry his movie does it in a sovereign manner! Photography by Bella Hallen is amazing, this is a benchmark achievement and gives a new dimension to what is normally labeled as "Heimatfilm". The landscape, the mountains and hills of Upper Bavaria are photographed in a way that they always reflect the mood of the characters, thus enhancing the story and transport it on a superimposed visual level. Same goes for the music by Anton Gross. They all add up the enhance the increasingly unsettling atmosphere on the remote Hierankl manor and draw you in this story of love, longing, and utter betrayal. I have not seen a movie as good as this one in quite a while! I rated it 10 out of 10.


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