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by Felix Randau


“Please, can you tell me another story? No, not a bedtime story. A really exciting one...,” the voice of a lonely child begs somebody on the telephone. Craving for warmth and compassion, it is Irm, a woman in her early 30s. She calls strangers and, imitating a child's voice, pretends she is a young cancer patient. In heart-rending conversations, she establishes relationships that she abruptly ends when they threaten to become too close. This is Irm’s way of reaching out from her life, a life in which she jobs in a laundrette and looks after her bed-ridden mother.

international title: The Calling Game
original title: Die Anruferin
country: Germany
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Felix Randau
release date: DE 20/03/2008
screenplay: Vera Kissel
cast: Valerie Koch, Esther Schweins, Franziska Ponitz
cinematography by: Jutta Pohlmann
film editing: Gergana Voigt
art director: Peter Menne
music: Thies Mynther
producer: Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert, Hejo Emons, Bjoern Vosgerau
production: Wueste Film West, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), ARTE France
backing: Filmstiftung NRW, Nordmedia

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