Vier Fenster

Vier Fenster

Deutschland 2005/2006, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Four Windows

What do we really know about the people we call family? What kinds of feelings, gestures and love affairs characterise the smallest unit of society? What might really be going on behind doors at the neighbouring family’s abode? These are the questions that preoccupy director Christian Moris Müller in his film.

The four windows of the title refer to four chapters, each devoted to one of four individuals involved in a furtive search for happiness. The son meets a stranger who wants to kiss him. The father kisses his wife and thinks of his daughter. The daughter receives a kiss from the mother that’s like a slap in the face. The mother provokes a stranger’s kiss and hopes that her husband will lick her wounds. And yet, they all share a desire to belong and so they continue to cling to each other. But the price for their security is endless reticence.


Christian Moris Müller approaches his characters with great care and without prejudice. In place of lengthy dialogue he allows their faces to do the talking. Long, unedited takes provide the actors with plenty of time and space to develop their characters.

Christian Moris Müller: "I don’t like it when there are too many cuts. I find it very distracting and it ruins the moment. I wanted to give my four characters sufficient space to really take shape in the minds of the audience." Müller’s technique works, due in no small part to the camerawork provided by cinematographer Jürgen Jürges, who has worked with directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Michael Haneke.

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Christian Moris Müller
Screenplay:Christian Moris Müller
Director of photography:Jürgen Jürges
Editing:Maja Stieghorst
Music:Chandra Fleig, Annette Focks
  
Cast: 
Margarita BroichMutter
Frank DroeseSohn
Ole PuppeBekannter
Thorsten MertenVater
Sandra NedeleffBekannte
Theresa ScholzeTochter
Alma LeibergFreundin
Stephan LewetzHausmeister
Lina SchullerSchulfreundin des Sohns
David BehrensSchulfreund des Sohns
Christoph KonopatzkiFlyer-Verteiler
Jean Denis RömerFlyer-Verteiler
Karl-Heinz ThiniusMann in der U-Bahn
Werner WilkeningMann in der U-Bahn
Friedrich A. HolmMann in der U-Bahn
Franca SchullerSchuhverkäuferin
This Maag
  
Production company:Lieblingsfilm GmbH (München), Silberfilm (München)
Producer:Philipp Budweg

All Credits

Director:Christian Moris Müller
Assistant director:Annika Wloch, Jakob Weydemann
Screenplay:Christian Moris Müller
Director of photography:Jürgen Jürges
Lighting design:Markus Görgens
Production design:Thomas Molt
Set design:Mustafa Shirin
Make-up artist:Lisette Geissler
Costume design:Viola Völk
Editing:Maja Stieghorst
Sound:Ingo Baier
Casting:Antje Missbach
Music:Chandra Fleig, Annette Focks
  
Cast: 
Margarita BroichMutter
Frank DroeseSohn
Ole PuppeBekannter
Thorsten MertenVater
Sandra NedeleffBekannte
Theresa ScholzeTochter
Alma LeibergFreundin
Stephan LewetzHausmeister
Lina SchullerSchulfreundin des Sohns
David BehrensSchulfreund des Sohns
Christoph KonopatzkiFlyer-Verteiler
Jean Denis RömerFlyer-Verteiler
Karl-Heinz ThiniusMann in der U-Bahn
Werner WilkeningMann in der U-Bahn
Friedrich A. HolmMann in der U-Bahn
Franca SchullerSchuhverkäuferin
This Maag
  
Production company:Lieblingsfilm GmbH (München), Silberfilm (München)
in co-production with:Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen »Konrad Wolf« (Potsdam-Babelsberg), Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF) (München)
Producer:Philipp Budweg
Producer:Katharina Herrmann
Unit production manager:Katharina Herrmann
Location manager:Daniel Stevens, Küran Hasselhuhn, Tobias Haase (Set)
Shoot:05.2005-06.2005: Berlin
Original distributor:missingFILMs (Berlin)
Funding:Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:80 min
Format:DV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Screening:Uraufführung: 15.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 19.04.2007

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Originaltitel (DE) Vier Fenster

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Length:80 min
Format:DV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Screening:Uraufführung: 15.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 19.04.2007
 

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