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Hierankl (2003)

Lene, a young student, is standing at the train station. She has to make up her mind whether to take the train back to Berlin (where she lives) or the one to the Bavarian countryside where ... See full summary »


Hans Steinbichler
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Johanna Wokalek ... Lene
Barbara Sukowa ... Rosemarie
Josef Bierbichler ... Lukas
Peter Simonischek ... Goetz Hildebrand
Frank Giering ... Paul
Alexander Beyer ... Vincenz
Ditte Schupp Ditte Schupp ... Esther
Butz Ulrich Buse ... Pfarrer (as Butz Buse)
Julia Gschnitzer Julia Gschnitzer ... Tante Miezel
Vroni Bittenbinder Vroni Bittenbinder ... Lene mit 9 Jahren
Paolo Walcher Paolo Walcher ... Paul mit 8 Jahren


Lene, a young student, is standing at the train station. She has to make up her mind whether to take the train back to Berlin (where she lives) or the one to the Bavarian countryside where her family resides (and from where she left in anger many years ago): Finally, she takes the train to her family. Hierankl is the name of a Bavarian "Bergbauernhof", i.e., a solitary farm in the mountains with nothing else around but Alps and cows and nature. When Lene comes home, she meets Lukas, her beloved father, Rosemarie, her rejecting mother, her brother Paul, plus a dark and sinister farm-hand. Lene walks through the places of her childhood, things seem to be just alright for her. They're getting even better when Götz, a long-missed friend of her father's, arrives by surprise: Lukas 60th birthday is to be celebrated, and Götz has come back to congratulate, it seems. Lene and Götz attract each other, despite the significant difference of their age, and they are having a good time. Then, ... Written by Claus Horn

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Heimatfilm is back!
20 November 2003 | by -nu-See all my reviews

There's breathtaking landscape as in any Heimatfilm. There are likeable characters, too. The idyllic scenery is overshadowed by adultery and incest -- but that might be kind of okay, as Paul suggests at the end.

Steinbichler wrote and directed this movie for graduating from a German film academy. Two famous actors, Bierbichler (mainly plays Brecht) and Sukowa (worked with Fassbinder), obviously believed in the script and gave him a chance. The lead role of Lene was given to Johanna Wokalek, a fresh face to me (though IMDB says the played in Aimée und Jaguar). She is absolutely enchanting, so I don't know what to write about her without making a fool of myself.

Facing the truth and trying to cope with it -- possibly even in a humorous way -- this is what this movie is about, and I think I've learned a bit from it.

After Siebtelbauern (1998), this is only the second Heimatfilm that I intensely liked. Everybody seemed to be happy when this genre died in the 60ies. A new generation of film makers has given the much-hated Heimatfilm a new meaning. Thank you for that!

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Release Date:

6 November 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Liaisons coupables See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiemgau, Bavaria, Germany See more »


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Avista Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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