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The Beginner (2017)

98 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Annebärbel's life and feelings have become as frigid as a block of ice. At the age of 58, she stands as an unfriendly monument to former times. As a doctor, she shows little compassion, and as a wife, not much love. Only her domineering ...See moreAnnebärbel's life and feelings have become as frigid as a block of ice. At the age of 58, she stands as an unfriendly monument to former times. As a doctor, she shows little compassion, and as a wife, not much love. Only her domineering mother elicits human emotions from her. Negative ones at that. No matter what she does, it is never good enough for her mother. Even less so since her daughter took over her practice. But everything starts to change when Annebärbel's husband leaves her and she is forced to take stock of her life. In the process, she makes a journey deep into her past, and attempts to live her childhood dream, which she had to give up all these years ago due to her mother: figure skating. With wobbly, tentative legs, she steps into a world full of chilly magic: the skating rink. This is when she has to admit that people are part of the equation as well, and they haven't exactly been waiting for "Dr Horrid" to come stumbling in front of their blades. The misanthropic Annebärbel has to endure a wide array of interpersonal conflicts, before she finds, on the ice rink, the kind of warmth she didn't know she needed: she forms a warm friendship with a young woman who is a top athlete, a group of aged amateur skaters show her how to lust for life, and she meets the 1974 World Figure Skating Champion, Christine Stüber-Errath, from Berlin. And so it is the ice that makes Annebärbel open up, and begin to emancipate herself from her mother and her own icy ways. See less
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Alexandra Sell (screenplay)
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Updated Aug 29, 2017

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Apr 24, 2018 (United States)

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19 cast members
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Ulrike Krumbiegel
Dr. Annebärbel Buschhaus Dr. Annebärbel Buschhaus   See fewer
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Annekathrin Bürger
Dr. Irene Hanschke Dr. Irene Hanschke   See fewer
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Maria Rogozina
Jolina Kuhn Jolina Kuhn   See fewer
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Christine Errath
Christine Errath (as Christine Stüber-Errath) Christine Errath (as Christine Stüber-Errath)   See fewer
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Rainer Bock
Rolf Buschhaus Rolf Buschhaus   See fewer
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Stephan Grossmann
Horst Kuhn Horst Kuhn   See fewer
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Franziska Weisz
Birgit Zernitz Birgit Zernitz   See fewer
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Judith von Radetzky
Margit Axmann Margit Axmann   See fewer
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Tatja Seibt
Gertrud Gertrud   See fewer
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Edmondo Rolle-Rossi
Edmondo (as Edmondo Rollé-Rossi) Edmondo (as Edmondo Rollé-Rossi)   See fewer
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Ernst-Georg Schwill
Herr Decker Herr Decker   See fewer
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Roswitha Dost
Susanne Susanne   See fewer
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Gerda Böken
Frau Westerwinter Frau Westerwinter   See fewer
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Hedda Erlebach
Kadersportlerin Kadersportlerin   See fewer
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Andreas Frakowiak
Fahrkartenkontrolleur Fahrkartenkontrolleur   See fewer
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Hans Hohlbein
Pförtner Pförtner   See fewer
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5.8 / 10 | 58 votes