Family makes you happy

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Original title Family makes you happy
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2011
length 89 minutes
Director Reinhard Munster
script Rodica Doehnert
production Anna Oeller ,
Alexander Bickel
music Marius Felix Lange
camera Kay Gauditz
cut Bernhard Wießner

Family makes happy is a German feature film from 2011. It was directed by Reinhard Münster , with Bettina Zimmermann and David Rott playing the leading roles .


Julie Berg, chaotic, bon vivant, divorced, moved five times since her divorce, and after her Berlin chocolate business went bankrupt, moved with her two children Heinrich and Freya to Augsburg to her uncle Theo and his divination partner Trudi. To earn money, Julie joins Theo's ailing private detective agency. Her first job is in a department store, where she meets the kleptomaniac Bettina on her first day. Because Julie doesn't report Bettina but lets her go, Julie immediately loses her job in the department store. Bettina hires Julie to watch her husband because she fears that her husband is being unfaithful. Julie discovers that the problem lies elsewhere. Bettina was given up for adoption as a child and she's been suffering all her life from not knowing her mother. Bettina's husband and her daughter suffer from this.


Rainer Tittelbach said that Döhnert missed the heroine played by Bettina Zimmermann “in this family story rich in projections, clever, only slightly exaggerated everyday dialogues”. The “contemporary family film” flows “smoothly through the most varied of pitches”. TV Spielfilm judged, apart from "a few clumsy gossip", the film tells "charmingly and entertainingly about the search for belonging, security and the joy of life [...] despite crises".

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  2. Family makes you happy - film review. In: Retrieved June 19, 2015 .