Alter und Schönheit (Age and Beauty) (2009)
Friends brought together by tragic circumstances discover how sad their own lives have become in this bittersweet comedy-drama from German filmmaker Michael Klier. Harry (Henry Hübchen), Justus (Burghart Klaussner) and Bernhard (Armin Rohde) were close when they were young but haven't seen each other in many years. However, they meet for the first time in decades when they learn another member of their circle, Manni (Peter Lohmeyer), has fallen ill and has only a short time to live. Manni has done well for himself and has a fine house with a pool as well as a vintage Ferrari, but as his life draws to a close he wants to spend time with his pals and asks them to help him with his one nagging regret. Manni used to date a beautiful girl named Rosi (Sibylle Canonica), but he treated her badly and she left him; all these years later, Manni asks his pals to find her so he can apologize and beg her forgiveness. While they're wary of this assignment at first, Harry, Justus and Bernhard agree to track down Rosi, but they find she isn't as eager to forgive and forget as Manni might hope. Meanwhile, Manni's imminent death causes the other three friends to look back on their own lives, and they aren't happy with what they see -- Justus has devoted his life to a business that has brought him little pleasure, Bernhard is trapped in a loveless marriage and a dead-end career, and Harry gets word that his wife his leaving him via a text message . . . while his mistress does the same only a few hours later. Alter und Schonheit (aka Age and Beauty) was an official selection at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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