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Philipp Gerber
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Laura Reiser
Antje Westermann ...
Katja
Astrid Meyerfeldt ...
Vera
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Scholz
Soraya Gomaa ...
Françoise
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Klaus
Martin Aaron Müseler ...
Paul Reiser (as Martin Müseler)
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André Szymanski ...
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Simone von Zglinicki ...
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Margarita Broich ...
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Sven Pippig ...
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Philipp Gerber is a smart, but self-satisfied car salesman. In an inattentive moment at the wheel of his car, he runs over a young boy riding a bike and drives away. As he has feelings of guilt, he tries to find out more about the accident's victim and learns that the boy lies seriously injured in a hospital. Philipp wants to tell his mother Laura Reiser the truth, but he doesn't. After a carefree holiday with his girlfriend Katja, he learns that the boy is dead. Meanwhile, Laura staggers between grief and the desire for revenge. One evening, she can't bear it any more and jumps off a bridge, but Philipp saves her life... Written by fippi2000

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The plot is nearly identical to Claude Chabrol's This Man Must Die (1969), only the setting and some characters are different. Neither the original novel by Nicholas Blake nor the screenplay by Claude Chabrol and Paul Gégauff are credited as a source. See more »

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Simple but exciting
3 April 2003 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

A man hits a young boy with his car and drives away. The kid's mother tries to find the man who killed her son. They meet. It's as simple as that, and Christian Petzold tells the story in a quite simple way as well. Nevertheless, the film is full of suspense right until the end because of course everybody wants to know whether she finds out about him having done it or not. I won't tell you either, so you can still go and see the movie!

What enhances the suspense is that only in the last few minutes, a musical score can be heard. Up to these last scenes, the soundtrack displays only natural sounds as well as the dialogues which is always quiet, often whispered.

Sometimes I found the dialogues too uninspired and also too Hollywood-drama-like and not realistic. But I guess that is what B pictures are like.


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