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Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. (1997)

After he loses his job, his father, and his girlfriend, Jan's life is a shambles. Then suddenly he meets freakish street musician Vera, and a bittersweet romance unfolds...

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Vera
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Buddy
Christina Papamichou ...
Kristina
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Lilo
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Harri
Rebecca Hessing ...
Jenni
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Sylvia
Frank-Michael Köbe ...
Zivi 1
Rainer Werner ...
Zivi 2
Uwe Richter ...
Polizist 1 / Möbelträger 2
Frank Kessler ...
Polizist 2
Oliver Meschke ...
Polizist 3
Hans Seck ...
Mann mit Hund
Klaus Dieter Stenzel ...
Mieter (as Klaus Stenzel)
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Jan Nebel is young man who is fired from his job at the slaughterhouse after he beats up two civil-dressed cops at a street riot. Soon thereafter his father dies, and Jan moves to his apartment, sharing it with former co-worker Buddy and girlfriend Vera. Written by Anonymous

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Jenni: This is the answering machine of Mrs. Nebel and her stupid boyfriend. If you want to leave a message...
Jan: Jenni, don't bullshit me. Give me your mother. It's urgent.
Jenni: I just said this to keep the man away who calls little girls and tells them to put a metal stick into a power outlet or to throw a hairdryer into the bathtub. She's not there.
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Der Heiland ist geboren
Performed by [Gesungen vom] Baustellen-Chor
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One of the best "slice of life" movies I've seen
15 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Set in the newly reunified Berlin of the 90's, "Life is All You Get" (english title)is one of those really excellent movies that tell a story of not only some interesting people, but of the time & place in which they live. Jan is struggling to get by, working in a slaughterhouse, staying with his sister, her smart & funny little girl, and her lout of a husband. A series of major upsets impacts his life: His ex-girlfriend tells him she's got AIDS, his father dies face down in a plate of ravioli, and, while accidentally caught up in a street riot, Jan knocks down a couple of guys chasing a woman (named Vera) - not knowing that they're plain-clothes cops trying to arrest her. He loses his job at this time, too, and faces a nearly impossible task of paying the heavy fine for assaulting the cops. On the bright side, he and Vera begin a relationship - haltingly, and (for him) clumsily - as they negotiate life in a city experiencing the very awkward transition between two political worlds. The characters & situations beautifully straddle the line between the wholly believable and the hysterically quirky. It's really a shame that this film didn't get an official U.S. release - it's well worth your time.


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