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Tempo (1996)

A bicycle messenger in Vienna thinks his life is a series of adventures, until his overactive fantasy life and reality start to get too close for comfort. A fairly light comedy with some action and dramatic themes.


Stefan Ruzowitzky


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Xaver Hutter Xaver Hutter ... Jojo
Anne Mertin Anne Mertin ... City Councillor
Simon Schwarz ... Bastian
Michou Friesz Michou Friesz ... Luzi
Doris Schretzmayer ... Doris
Dani Levy ... Bernd
Michaela Blauensteiner Michaela Blauensteiner ... Sylvy
Nicolette Krebitz ... Clarissa
Evelyn Thonet Evelyn Thonet ... Housekeeper
Klaus Ofczarek Klaus Ofczarek ... Detective
Hjalmar Este Hjalmar Este ... Jojo's Father
Mitzi Bodendorfer Mitzi Bodendorfer ... Jojo's Mother
Leopold Altenburg Leopold Altenburg ... Jojo's Brother
Herbert Knötzl Herbert Knötzl ... Large Neo-Nazi (as Herbert Gaspari)
Gerald Votava Gerald Votava ... Thick Neo-Nazi


Bike-messenger Josef 'Jojo' Reithmayer fosters a rich though sordid fantasy life, imagining the most adolescent scenarios for those whose messages he delivers. His life gets seriously problematic when he breaks a cardinal rule by allowing one customer to tamper with another customer's delivery, leading to his loss of innocence in more ways than one. Written by statmanjeff

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16 April 1998 (Germany) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Jojo: [as the inner voice of Bernd] Dearest Clarissa, the weather depresses me, so I choose Seppuku, the extremely cruel kind of hara-kiri. Don't be sad. As consolation, have some wild sex with this really cute messenger - and you'd help him lose his burdensome virginity, for he has never been with a woman before.
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Opening credits show names of leading cast members flying in from off the right side of screen accompanied by vocal sound effects from a kid mimicking gunfire like he's either playing a silent video game or with small toys. See more »


References Scanners (1981) See more »


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