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Not a Love Song (1997)

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Credited cast:
Anna Thalbach ... Luise
Lars Rudolph ... Bruno
Matthias Freihof Matthias Freihof ... Karl
Chajim Koenigshofen Chajim Koenigshofen ... Guenther
Bruno Cathomas ... Truck Driver Pit
Cathlen Gawlich Cathlen Gawlich ... Elsa
Esther Esche Esther Esche ... Dagmar
Ulrich Voß Ulrich Voß ... Dieter
Iris von Kluge Iris von Kluge ... Susanne
Herbert Sand Herbert Sand ... Seminar Lecturer
Michael Freerix Michael Freerix ... Frank
Rainer Winkelvoss Rainer Winkelvoss
Swantje Henke Swantje Henke
Peter Wawerzinek Peter Wawerzinek
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthias Rott Matthias Rott ... Dieb


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Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

16 October 1997 (Germany) See more »


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Depressing and murky.
30 November 2002 | by bioscoopzaalSee all my reviews

"Not A Love Song" is one of those films that bursts with good intentions, but never manages to get any clear message across. Besides, there is not much to like about this film anyway, although the premise is rather strong and the film deals with some tough issues such as racism, apathy and unemployment.

Unfortunately, the story of Bruno, a young man who is desperate to find his place in the world, is told in such an unappealing manner and the film is filled with so many unlikeable characters, that it is really hard to feel any sympathy for any of the characters. Even Bruno, the protagonist, is nothing more than a rude, lazy slob.

The low production values, talky script, mediocre performances en drab black-and-white photography do nothing to enhance the viewing pleasure. "Not A Love Song" tries to be ambitious and provoking, but is eventually buried by its depressing mood and gray looks.

If you'd like to see what German cinema can do for you, try "Bin Ich Schön", by Doris Dörrie, or just re-watch "Lola Rennt". "Not A Love Song" is not a film I would recommend. 2/10

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