Die Entbehrlichen

Deutschland 2009 Spielfilm

Summary

The Dispensables


Childhood days are history for 10-year-old Jakob. His father Juergen and mother Silke are out of work and have long since surrendered to their alcohol problems. Violence and heated arguments alternate in the family with tender moments. Grandma Rosemarie is the only one who seems to give the family’s chaotic life a certain grounding. And then there’s Hannah, Jakob’s girlfriend from a well-to-do family, who remains loyal to Jakob despite her parent’s lack of understanding and the mobbing from her fellow pupils.

When Jakob’s mother has to go to the hospital after the latest bust-up, his father completely loses control. A catastrophe is in the cards with Jakob doing everything to preserve the illusion of a normal family life. After all, there’s one thing he’s certain about: if the family falls apart, he will have to go into a home and that’s something he wants to avoid at all costs.

Quite unexpectedly, help and understanding is forthcoming from his girlfriend Hannah who turns out to be a very pragmatic companion.

A modern Berlin backyard ballad in the tradition of the German auteur film: drastic, bizarre and close to the reality of the reunited Germany.


Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH

 

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Credits

Director

Screenplay

Director of photography

Music

Cast

All Credits

Director

Assistant director

Script supervisor

Screenplay

Director of photography

Assistant camera

Colour grading

Lighting design

Production design

Make-up artist

Costume design

Sound assistant

Audio mixing

Music

Cast

Executive producer

Location manager

Shoot

    • 13.12.2008 - 08.02.2009: Berlin
Duration:
106 min
Format:
DigiBeta, 1:1,78
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Stereo
Screening:

Aufführung (BR): 2009, São Paulo, IFF;
Aufführung (DE): 19.01.2010, Saarbrücken, Max-Ophüls-Preis - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 30.09.2010

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Die Entbehrlichen

Versions

Original

Duration:
106 min
Format:
DigiBeta, 1:1,78
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Stereo
Screening:

Aufführung (BR): 2009, São Paulo, IFF;
Aufführung (DE): 19.01.2010, Saarbrücken, Max-Ophüls-Preis - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 30.09.2010

Awards

IFF Schlingel, Chemnitz 2010
  • Förderpreis der DEFA-Stiftung
Kent Filmfestival 2010
  • Bester ausländischer Film
Max-Ophüls-Preis, Saabrücken 2010
  • Sonderpreis der Jury
Maverick Movie Award, Sao Paulo 2009
  • Best supporting Actor
FBW 2009
  • Prädikat: wertvoll