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Original title Oedipussi
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1988
length 90 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Loriot
script Loriot
production Horst Wendlandt (producer), Günter Rohrbach (co-producer)
music Rolf Wilhelm
camera Xaver Schwarzenberger
cut Dagmar Hirtz

Ödipussi (also: Loriots Ödipussi ) is a German comedy film from 1988 by and with Loriot . It was the first of two feature films in which he starred, directed, and wrote the script. The title Oedipussi is a play on words with the Oedipus complex described by Freud and the nickname "Pussi" given to the protagonist by his mother in the film. An obvious and often suspected allusion to the title of the James Bond film Octopussy was denied by Loriot in interviews.


Paul Winkelmann (56) is the managing director of the fabrics and furniture business "Winkelmann und Sohn", which he continues after the death of his father. So far he has lived under the care of his mother Louise, who looks after him like a child and cannot understand why her son has taken his own apartment. One day the psychologist Margarethe Tietze (40) appears as a customer in his furniture store. He develops an interest in her job and has the idea to work with her.

After the first shy advances and a few professional meetings, the two romantically inexperienced and insecure people gradually get closer, and Margarethe, after initial hesitation, agrees to accompany Paul on a business trip to Italy.

Paul's mother was not enthusiastic about his contact with Margarethe from the start and was visibly jealous, which became even more pronounced after Paul's return from Italy. She has meanwhile let a subtenant move into his room, which Paul doesn't like at all.

After all, Margarethe and her parents are guests of Paul and his mother. His mother performs a vocal number, which, however, does not go down well with the guests, which is why she breaks off in the middle. While Margarethe's parents leave, Margarethe stays and is now two with Paul, obviously to the displeasure of his mother.

The film ends with a car ride, with Paul and Margarethe in the back seat and Mother Winkelmann at the wheel. When the two start to kiss each other, Mother Winkelmann interrupts her, whereupon Paul pulls his hat over her face. You get off the road. From a bird's eye view, you can finally see how the car drives over fields and meadows and crosses a forest.


  • Oedipussi was filmed between September 14th and November 20th, 1987. The main location was West Berlin . The villa that served as the Winkelmanns' home is located on Ringstrasse in Berlin-Lichterfelde . Other locations were Milan, the Hotel Columbia in Genoa (in operation from 1929 to 1989, today the University Library of Genoa ), S. Margherita Ligure , the Hotel Imperiale in Portofino and the Bavaria Ateliers in Munich.
  • The film premiered on March 9, 1988 at 5 p.m. in the Kosmos cinema in East Berlin and at 8 p.m. in the Gloria Palast in West Berlin. Loriot was present at both events. His books had been printed in the GDR and he, who came from Brandenburg an der Havel , had given a series of readings with Hamann in East Germany. It was the only world premiere of a film in divided Germany that took place in both parts of the country on the same day.
  • 4,612,801 cinema-goers saw the film in Germany. The first broadcast on German television was on September 30, 1990 at 8:20 p.m. on ARD . The film is distributed as Blu-ray by Warner Home Video . A book was published for the film, which in addition to the script also contains pictures from the shoot.
  • The revue number My sister is called Polyester is a version of the Henry Mancini title Le Jazz Hot from the soundtrack to the Blake Edwards comedy Victor / Victoria from 1982 with new German text .
  • The red car, which appears more often in the film, is a Nissan Sunny N13 4-door (pre-facelift) with a roof rack and accessory aluminum rims.
  • In Otto - Der Ausserfriesische Loriot and Katharina Brauren have a brief cameo in the roles of Paul Winkelmann and his mother .


  • The film was awarded a Golden Screen in 1988 for its commercial success .


The reviews were mixed, but mostly positive - while it was criticized that the film did not reach the depth of Loriot's TV sketches, the level of the gags and the performance of the actors were praised.

“A love story develops with the most absurd situations full of subtle humor. Successful cinema debut of Loriot, which however does not achieve the brilliance of his television skits. "

- Heyne Film Lexicon, 1996

"The pretty, but not very profound story forms little more than the central theme in the film, which offers largely independent pieces of humor in the individual scenes and impresses with the abundance of comic ideas and the gags that are precisely executed down to the smallest detail."

"As the most successful German film of 1988, Oedipussi proved the well-known fact that familiar jokes are always the best."

- Reclam's Lexicon of German Films, 1995

“The result was not always successful slapstick, no comparison to Loriot's big sketches. Besides him, however, his permanent sketch partner Evelyn Hamann is convincing. "

- Prisma online film database

“In his first movie in the cinema, Loriot [...] plays the neurotic Paul with the awkward charm for which the audience loved him in his TV appearances. Despite ingenious gags, the film cannot hide that the humor of the Loriot skits is also short. Conclusion: Loriot remains true to himself: weird and witty. "

See also


Web links

Commons : Ödipussi  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of release for Oedipussi . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , August 2009 (PDF; test number: 59 412 V).
  2. Christa Lamberts-Piel: Film music and its significance for music education (= Forum Music Education. Volume 69). 3. Edition. Wißner, Augsburg 2018, ISBN 978-3-95786-191-7 , p. 64 (also dissertation, Musikhochschule Köln, 2005; limited preview in the Google book search).
  3. Loriot - the great humorist . In: The world . Retrieved August 5, 2019. "Loriot's film title 'Oedipussi' is an allusion to the Oedipus complex after Freud and the James Bond film 'Octopussy'." 
  4. ^ Siegfried Tesche: The great James Bond book. Henschel, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-89487-440-6 , p. 171 ( limited preview in the Google book search).
  5. http://www.insidekino.com/Djahr/DAlltimeDeutsch50.htm
  6. ^ Oedipussi. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed August 24, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  7. Ödipussi at prisma-online.de; Retrieved November 4, 2009
  8. ^ Oedipussi , TV feature film