Happy Hans (1999)

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Original title Hans in hapiness
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1999
length 74 minutes
Age rating FSK No age limit
Director Rolf Losansky
script Gabriel Genschow and Rolf Losansky
production Gabriel Genschow
camera Wolfgang Jahnke
cut Rita Reinhardt

Hans im Glück is a German fairy tale film by Rolf Losansky from 1999. It is based on the Grimm fairy tale Hans im Glück .


When Hans wakes up one morning, he notices that he is longer than his bed, his feet sticking out over the edge of the bed. The young man remembers his happy childhood. Hans knows that it is now time to leave home. The young man is on the road with his mother Margarethe for almost five days until they both see the Annamühle, where Hans is supposed to do an apprenticeship as a miller's boy . The mother says goodbye to her son with her motto: "Use the moment, then you'll always be lucky." Now Hans is on his own. The miller, a friendly man, greets Hans and introduces him to his daughter Anna.

Seven years have passed when Hans gets up at breakfast with his raven Jakob, goes to the window and dreams of his small home village. A severe hiccup indicates it is time to go home. He informs his master of his decision. The miller says that Hans was always very hardworking and that he and his daughter took him to their hearts. Anna in particular is sad that Hans wants to go. As a reward for the work of the past years, Hans receives a huge gold nugget from the master miller. The miller also says that Hans really earned it, so he could buy a mill or take over from him if he ever retired. As he parted, Anna gave him her red and white handkerchief and said he could bring it back to her - someday.

A merchant has just bought a horse from a cunning horse dealer. During the negotiation meeting, they tried to rip each other off. The horse is called “boisterous wind” and you slide along on it like a cloud, said the devious trader. Meanwhile, Hans struggles with his heavy gold nugget, under whose weight he almost collapses. The robbers Grapsch and Klau are already after him. To the delight of the robbers, Hans lets his lump of gold roll down a steep forest path, as he then doesn't have to carry it. However, the gold ends up in the swampy bank area of ​​a pond. Hans does not manage to fish the lump out of the water again. Then the merchant approaches whizzing and slyly asks whether he can help. Hans admires his horse and lets the merchant know that he would give something for owning one. The merchant, who has long since seen the gold, smells a deal. Together they succeed in salvaging the gold nugget from the wet bank area. The merchant lies to Hans that he is a goldsmith and would give him his horse if he could get the gold nugget. That would be good business for both of them. Hans hits it, but says to the man that he is getting a bad deal because he has to grapple with the gold nugget. The robbers are now pursuing the merchant, while Hans is of the opinion that he now has the fastest horse in the whole country. The merchant, who cannot hurry away fast enough, is attacked by the robbers and robbed of his gold. Roaring loudly, he fled. Grab and Klau happily dance around their gold treasure.

When Hans hears church bells ringing and the melody "A bird wanted to make a wedding ..." he wants to see what's going on there and Sausewind whispers the motto in his mother's ear. Thereupon the horse runs off as if stung by the tarantula and into the middle of the wedding party, which falls apart in shock. A gendarme is looking for a goose thief in the whole hustle and bustle. Hans, however, is thrown off by "Sausewind" after the animal has returned to the field path and lands right in the arms of the servant Paul. Paul is out with a cow. The farmer's wife asked him to take the animal to the market and sell it there for at least 30 ducats . Hans thanks the old man and says he would like to have such a cow too, such a dear animal that gives plenty of milk and cheese. Since Hans doesn't have 30 ducats, he offers his horse for an exchange and Paul happily strikes. “Blast wind” runs away and the old man stands empty-handed. Hans doesn’t get on really fast with his cow because the animal would rather eat grass than go forward. When Hans, who is thirsty, wants to milk the cow, it is suddenly faster than Hans would like. When the young man tries to wipe off his sweat with Anna's cloth, the cow reacts very aggressively to the mostly red cloth and drives Hans to run away, ending up in a pond . A butcher who is just coming along gives Hans advice on how to get out. Hans tells him about his barter deals. The butcher then makes him swap the cow for a rosy piglet palatable. The piglet is a lucky pig . Hans walks on with his piglet and finds a haystack for the night where he and the little animal can go to sleep. Even the girl who stole the goose that the gendarme was looking for at the wedding party lay down there with the goose to sleep without one noticing the other. When they both wake up in the morning, they look at each other in disbelief. The girl introduces herself as “Fridolin” and Hans tells her his story about the exchange and learns from her that she saved the goose that was supposed to end up as a roast at the wedding. The so-called Fridolin scares Hans by claiming that the piglet was stolen, which is why the gendarme is after him and why it would be better for Hans to take the goose. When Hans thanked him profusely and said what a good person Fridolin was, the young girl was ashamed and revealed that she was a girl and that her name was Karoline and said that Hans should be careful. Then they go off in different directions.

Hans Weg leads him through a colorful farmers market , where all sorts of tricks are performed. There he gets into conversation with a scissors grinder who offers him his "best whetstone " for his goose . As an extra income, Hans even got a letter and a heavy stone on which one could hammer straight nails. Meanwhile, the scissors grinder's parrot keeps shouting: “Old cheat.” Shortly afterwards, the gendarme appears at the scissors grinder and asks him about the goose with a blue ribbon on his foot. When the man truthfully refers to Hans, the gendarme only says, referring to others, everyone would do that. He finally found the goose with him.

Meanwhile, Hans is on the road with the grindstone and the large stone, which is even heavier than the lump of gold he gave away when he sifts through his home well. Since he is thirsty, Hans wants to crank up the container with water, but is so clumsy that he falls into the well and can barely cling to the rope. When he heaves himself up again, the grindstone placed on the edge of the well and the big heavy stone fall into the well with a loud thud. After he looks puzzled, Hans can hardly restrain himself from laughing shortly afterwards. When he saw his village a little later, he was happy and just said: At last home! The first thing he sees is his father, who is fishing. He hugs him happily and tells him that he has passed the journeyman's examination. The master rewarded him with a gold nugget. Then he tells his father the whole story of how it came to be that he ended up with empty hands. "Hans, I recognize you", says the father kindly, "mother's son". Hans' mother happily embraces her son. The story of Hans and his barter deals had already made the rounds. The mother just says that he is young and strong, so what should it be. Shortly afterwards, when the reunited family was sitting together over dinner, Hans had a hiccup when he talked about Anna, the miller's daughter, just as he always had hiccups when he thought longingly of his parents and his home.

It remains to be added that the robbers Grapsch and Klau suddenly clashed because each of them claimed the gold for himself. In a fight between the two, the gold nugget rolled away and landed in deep water.


one of the filming locations at the Blankensee Farm Museum

The film was shot in May 1998 in the Blankensee Farm Museum near Berlin and in the mill in Langerwisch near Potsdam .

View of Alt-Langerwisch, in the film Hans' view of his home village

It had its cinema premiere on April 1, 1999.

The film was released on September 10, 2012 in a digitally revised version in the series "Märchen Klassiker" on Icestorm Distribution on DVD.

At the Alpinale Austria 2000 this production received the Golden Unicorn award .


"A fable, sympathetically told in selected idyllic pictures, which is completely behind the warm-hearted naivety of its protagonist, although it lacks depth and substance at the same time."

“Elaborate fairytale film adaptation with Andreas Bieber from 'Marienhof' as a lovable hiker in happiness. The supporting roles in the fairy tale made by Rolf Losansky, who is experienced in children's films (most recently 'Friedrich and the enchanted burglar') are prominently cast with Rolf Hoppe and Karl Dall. "

"Hans im Glück- Even the fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm is good. This current film adaptation turned out to be even better. Will Viva-spoiled kids cope with this culture shock? The world they know doesn't take place here: no quick cuts, no special effects, no sex and no explosions. Instead there is unblended Grimm material of green meadows and a boy who loves his mother. It's about the old tale of the trusting journeyman miller Hans, who loses his wages through unfavorable barter deals, but not his sunny disposition. Unfortunately, the cinematic implementation turns out to be just as simple-minded as the title hero: With a naive dachshund look, Andreas Bieber, a kind of Ralf Bauer for the poor, stumbles through the massive German forest. Even the people he meets - including Karl Dall as a robber, Wolfgang Völz as a butcher, Rolf Hoppe as a rider - exude the charm of cute garden gnomes. The voice-over from the narrator also seems completely superfluous. After all, you want to watch a film and not have a book read to you. [...] Conclusion: a simple fairytale trip. "

- Heike Kevenhörster at Cinema

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