Life Is All You Get


Time Out says

Director and co-writer Wolfgang Becker weaves a loose, wry and finally tender tale around Jan (Vogel) and his meandering negotiation of the various people in his life: enigmatic lovers, grown-up drop-outs, washed-up lonely parents, irresponsible (incomprehensible) siblings, drifting immigrants, and men with bad haircuts (for this is Germany). A neater film would have given the script another couple of drafts, but the ill-defined narrative is part of the tentative fly-by-night charm. Being about the quixotic, unpredictable paths to reconstructing a social family, it sees opening up to someone as, in the end, an affirmative act of faith and optimism.


Release details

118 mins

Cast and crew

Wolfgang Becker
Wolfgang Becker, Tom Tykwer
Jürgen Vogel
Christiane Paul
Ricky Tomlinson
Christina Papamichou
Rebecca Hessing
Armin Rohde
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