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A Mere Formality (2006)

Reine Formsache (original title)


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Credited cast:
Marc Hosemann ... Felix
Christiane Paul ... Pola
Bastian Pastewka ... Gustav
Floriane Daniel ... Effi
Oliver Korittke ... Wito
Petra Schmidt-Schaller ... Ada
Idil Üner Idil Üner ... Kristin
Robert Schupp ... Hannibal
Michael Gwisdek ... Felix' Vater
Maxine Göbel Maxine Göbel ... Hannah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Borgmann ... Ärztin
Stefanie De Nicolo Stefanie De Nicolo ... Barfrau
Janine Dubielzig Janine Dubielzig ... Frau mit Brautstrauß
Tristan Göbel Tristan Göbel
Steffen Jürgens Steffen Jürgens ... Regisseur


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Der schönste Tag im Leben einer Frau. [The best day in the life of a woman.]


Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

13 April 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mere Formality See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office


EUR2,700,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Felix sleeps at Gustav's house you can see an external shot of the house. It is exactly the house where Jason Bourne meets the former German Treadstone Agent in the second Bourne movie The Bourne Supremacy (2004). When he looks through the blinds he's standing at the exact spot where Bourne and the German agent had their fight for life and death. See more »

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Perfect For A Lonely Evening
20 September 2009 | by musicsnowandrazzlesSee all my reviews

When I read the television program, looking for a good evening entertainment, I was firstly quite doubtful towards the theme this movie is supposed to be about: "A married couple wants to divorce, but in the end everything comes different" told me the short summary. Well, it really came different. Different from my expectations.

The movie starts with a melancholic scene, showing the present and the past of Felix and Paola with a great, I underline, great, background music. This slow French tune accompanies the whole movie and it keeps the viewer in an excited and at the same time deeply moved attitude combined with an awful amount of goosebumps. During the whole two hours, the movie isn't just one second boring, it keeps flowing, tracing new lines that let you suspect a different ending than it has.

Let's get to the story: Felix and Paola's marriage didn't work well (Felix cheated like five times on her) so they want to divorce. To complete their divorce, they have a meeting in Berlin. But because of different problems, this meeting has to be canceled again and again. One day, Felix notices, that he still loves Paola, so he starts to fight for her, which isn't that easy, because his affairs chase him through the whole movie and they always destroy the moments between him and Paola which seem to lead them back together...

The movie contains also some very funny scenes, including Felix "stealing" a condom machine because he doesn't manage to tear his arm out of it, and, in my opinion the best scene, the "tequila scene": Felix sits in a pub and drinks one tequila after the other, suddenly Paola comes in and...I won't tell you what happens, but it's definitely unpredictable.

To sum up, "Reine Formsache" is a very good and funny movie: it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think...all in all a good evening entertainment.

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