A successful artist loses control of his life after his young daughter's death. A chance for a new start appears, but all is not what it seems.

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Maja Andernach
Valeria Eisenbart ...
Leonie Andernach
Thomas Thieme ...
Siggi Butschma
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Max Oelze
Stefan Gebelhoff ...
Paul Wiegand
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Susanne Wiegand
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Nele Trebs ...
Nele Wiegand
Thomas Arnold ...
Edgar Keun
Karsten Dahlem ...
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René Lay ...
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Christof Düro ...
Fahrer Kleinbus
Lena Sabine Berg ...
Henriette Zahnert (as Sabine Berg)
Patrick Heinrich ...
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David Andernach (Mads Mikkelsen) lives non-chalantly at the height of his success as a painter, as a tragic misfortune befalls him from one second to the other. While he is paying his beautiful neighbor a visit, his daughter Leonie drowns in the pool of his house. Tormented by guilt, David turns into a wreck. His life is no longer under control, especially since his wife Maja (Jessica Schwarz) can never forgive him. Completely at the end he wants to kill himself jumping in the same pool, but at the last moment is saved by a friend. But as the guilt-ridden man has fallen in the greatest despair, a butterfly flapping on his nose leads him to a door, actually more an underground tunnel. On the other side he finds life as it was before. He gets back to the all-important moment and so given the opportunity to save his daughter. But even with his own ego, which is just on the road to regret his infidelity. Conscious as never before of those who have always loved him, the auspicious ... Written by bobbuckingham

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According to the audio commentary, when the scene at Maja's flat was shot for the first time, Mads Mikkelsen knocked at the wrong door. The tenant of that flat (who didn't know about the filming) was pretty annoyed by this and told Mikkelsen in no uncertain terms to get lost. See more »

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Drama to Suspense to Spooky...
27 August 2010 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

First I want to say that I have a couple of problems with the plot, some points that have got snagged in my mind and made me wonder, "But why didn't the writer...?". This is one of those times when I wish I had read the book (if there was a book) before watching the film to see if those points arise from the story or how the story was translated into film, but that would obviously defeat the purpose and kill the suspense, so I am better off having seen the film first. Let me say, seeing the film from beginning to end, I forgive those snags.

I will not repeat what the plot summary says. I just want to add that I liked the light world/dark world division, the secrets the supposedly light world hides and perhaps its reflections unto real world. I like the acting in general, the relatively slow pace of a thriller and how that slowness, without actually pacing up, makes the heart pace up and pulls the watcher into it. It's a make believe that you get lost in.

I wonder why there isn't a poster submitted to this web site, why the actors don't have photographs and why there isn't much buzz about the film. I wish the worldwide movie producers made use of a popular web site like this.


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