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A Day for a Miracle (2011)

Das Wunder von Kärnten (original title)
Little girl named Katherina lives on a farm near Klagenfurt with her parents. One day childs play went wrong and she drowned in a lake nearby. Next thing you know, the team of doctors are struggling for her life.


Andreas Prochaska


Chris Silber (as Christoph Silber), Thorsten Wettcke
8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Ken Duken ... Markus Höchstmann
Julia Koschitz Julia Koschitz ... Lydia Martischek
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Baumgartner Leon Baumgartner ... Max
Hilde Dalik Hilde Dalik ... Judith
Gerti Drassl Gerti Drassl ... Karin Breitner
Alma Hasun ... Assistentin Hanna
Simon Hatzl ... Notarzt
Monika Huber Monika Huber ... Schwester Sandra
Gerhard Liebmann ... Georg Breitner
Jürgen Maurer ... Thomas Wenninger (as Juergen Maurer)
Bernhard Schir Bernhard Schir ... Plägauer
Erwin Steinhauer ... Professor Lohmeyer
Christian Werner Christian Werner ... Journalist (as Christian 'Highlander' Werner)
Sara Wogatai Sara Wogatai ... Katharina Breitner
Johannes Zeiler ... Lackner
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Little girl named Katherina lives on a farm near Klagenfurt with her parents. One day childs play went wrong and she drowned in a lake nearby. Next thing you know, the team of doctors are struggling for her life.

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Based on a true story. In 1998,austrian doctor Markus Thalmann saved the life of a little girl in an operation that took 15 hours. See more »

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Much better than most Hollywood emergency room stories
22 January 2012 | by peter-legisaSee all my reviews

The film is, in my opinion, much better than most Hollywood emergency room stories. It flows naturally, but grabs your attention. Gerti Drassl, Leon Baumgartner and Erwin Steinhauer were excellent in their roles.

One piece of this story begins on a family farm in the hills of Carinthia, the southernmost province of Austria.

The other line of events happens in the local hospital. A provincial big shot probably needs a routine medical procedure. He expects a five-star treatment and immediate action. He also wants the procedure to be done by the chief surgeon, a university professor, but the latter left for a scientific meeting. The next best choice for him is a local medical doctor. But the procedure can only be performed by a young surgeon, who commutes every week from Vienna. One of the funny moments of the film happens, when the politician asks the second doctor on the team, if at least she comes from Carinthia. (Owing to a complicated history, and its exploitation by local politicians, Carinthians were - until recently - often wary of outsiders. This movie suggests that even people coming from the cosmopolitan Austrian capital, Vienna, were treated as outsiders.)

The two lines of the story join when the medical team faces a terrible dilemma that does not seem to go away: Do you try to save the life of a person, if, in the very slim chance of success, this person will almost certainly be totally handicapped and a burden to others? To make matters worse, members of the team have completely opposing views.

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18 January 2012 (Austria) See more »

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The Miracle of Carinthia See more »

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Carinthia, Austria

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