Everything on sugar!

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Original title Everything on sugar!
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2004
length 95 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Dani Levy
script Dani Levy,
Holger Franke
production Manuela Stehr
music Niki Reiser
camera Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
cut Elena Bromund

Everything on sugar! is a film directed by Dani Levy from the year 2004 . The comedy film reflects the life of Jews in modern Germany .


The unemployed former GDR sports reporter Jakob Zuckermann alias Jaeckie Zucker has not seen himself as a Jew for a long time. The Berliner was deep in financial problems when he received news of his mother's death and with her the hope of an inheritance that could help him out of a tight spot. The will, however, hits Zucker twice: the mother has determined that following her burial at the Jewish cemetery in Berlin-Weißensee, a seven-day mourning period should be organized according to Jewish tradition ( Schiv'a ), and that Zucker should of all things share this with his devout brother Performing Samuel from the West. Only when the brothers, who have quarreled for decades, are reconciled during the period of mourning, will they receive their inheritance. They can only win the inheritance together or lose it entirely.

Samuel travels from Frankfurt am Main with his wife Golda, their deeply religious son Joshua and daughter Lilly . Jaeckie's wife Marlene makes every effort to offer the guests a 'Jewish' place to stay and kosher food and to present their children Thomas and Jana as sufficiently 'Jewish', but this facade is quickly seen through. Meanwhile, Jaeckie is mainly concerned with an upcoming billiards tournament , which has prize money of 100,000 euros and which the confident player absolutely needs to pay his debts. In order to be able to participate, he stole away from his mother's funeral with a trick: he faked a heart attack .

Marlene can soon no longer stand the lies and confesses to the guests that Jaeckie's swindles and that their marriage is in crisis and that they are in financial difficulties. Contrary to expectations, this confession does not meet with indignation or condemnation, because the Zuckermanns are financially dependent on their mother's inheritance. Meanwhile, Jaeckie is disqualified at the tournament because he appears too late for a game round, and finally gets a heart attack due to the enormous stress, so that he even falls into a coma for a short time .

In the end, the two unequal families stick together because it is important to prevent the inheritance from falling to the Jewish community if they do not agree. The reconciliation finally succeeds. Finally, the rabbi and his observers are also ready to find a forgiving and pragmatic solution. The mother's much-coveted inheritance turns out to be a “worthless package of securities”.


The film, which was commissioned by WDR in coproduction with Bayerischer Rundfunk and Arte , was a great surprise success not only among critics, but also with viewers. Over 1,000,000 viewers saw the film in German cinemas.

The reason for the award of the Ernst Lubitsch Prize in 2005 stated: “The comedy about the everyday worries and needs of a Jewish gambler, which is running with great success in German cinemas, represents a revival of the German-Jewish comedy after decades of abstinence Ernst Lubitsch experienced its heyday in the 1910s and 1920s. Levy satirizes Jewish traditions and human weaknesses with pointed and sometimes turbulent jokes that alternate between slapstick and ambiguity and is thus in the best tradition of Lubitsch's comedy art. "


“Between the forced Jewish wake, revealed family secrets and a highly endowed billiards tournament that Jakob has to win at any price, director Levy tackles his characters quickly, with satirical sharpness, but lovingly and very intelligently. Such a wonderfully casual comedy with a strong dialogue and excellently cast down to the smallest role would not have been expected of him. Because where Levy's 'serious' films stumble over tension and anger for meaning, normal everyday chaos reigns here. And that is refreshingly authentic. "

“Largely amusing, excellently played, idiosyncratic-eccentric comedy that tries to tell about Jewish life in Germany, but always tends towards upscale boulevard theater and cannot get its subject under control in view of the weak script. The outstanding cast ensemble seems visibly under-challenged. "

“Unfortunately, the film's television purpose can be seen at any time. The coarse and low-contrast image just doesn't give a cinematic feeling. The extremely constructed and unnecessary network of relationships between the children of the unequal brother couple also attract negative attention. It should be emphasized, however, that 'Alles auf Zucker', despite its weaknesses that cannot be overlooked, is an entertaining, nice comedy that succeeds in depicting the life of Jews in the here and now free of fear of contact in an amusing, relaxed way and ultimately shows that it becomes one Pronunciation is never too late. "

“The Swiss Jew [Dani Levy], who has been living in Berlin for a long time, invented, together with his co-author Holger Franke, an everyday story in which Jewish joke and Berlin chutzpah are beautifully combined. […] The top star of the cast list, which offers a successful blend of East and West, is the fantastic Henry Hübchen. Next to him, Hannelore Elsner and Udo Samel bravely hold their own. And if there is one who can keep a rabbi in balance between cunning goodness and noble business acumen, it is always our One and Only Rolf Hoppe. "


German film award

The film turned out to be the big winner of the 2005 German Film Awards .




Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for everything on sugar! Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , October 2004 (PDF; test number: 100 137 K).
  2. ^ A b Renate Holland-Moritz : Sweet and sour Dropse . In: Eulenspiegel , 51./59. Vol., No. 2/05, ISSN  0423-5975 , p. 47.
  3. Cinema: Everything on sugar.
  4. Everything on sugar! In: Lexicon of International Films . Film Service , accessed April 14, 2012 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  5. Film starts: Everything on sugar.