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by Jan Bonny


Policeman Georg is very popular amongst his colleagues for always being calm and cool-headed. His partner Michael also admires him for his apparently harmonic marriage with Anne, an attractive primary school teacher. When a promotion is announced to Georg, he begins to lose control over the carefully maintained façade of his "intact" family. During Christmas season the conflicts that have been dominating the couple's life for years start to surface: Anne’s struggle for recognition. The patronizing of her parents. Georg’s attempt to always suit everybody. Their children that helplessly look away – while the traces of domestic violence can no longer be hidden. Under the Christmas tree tragedy unfolds - "It ain’t no drama, Anne!“ – Well, yes, it is.

international title: Counterparts
original title: Gegenüber
country: Germany
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Jan Bonny
release date: FR 30/04/2008
screenplay: Jan Bonny, Christina Ebelt
cast: Matthias Brandt, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Susanne Bormann, Anne Ratte-Polle
cinematography by: Bernhard Keller
film editing: Stefan Stabenow
art director: Tim Pannen
producer: Bettina Brokemper
production: Heimatfilm GmbH + Co. KG
backing: Filmstiftung NRW, WDR
distributor: Clorofilm Srl


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Cannes 2007 Directors' Fortnight (selection)

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