Villa Henriette (film)

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Original title Villa Henriette
Country of production Austria ,
original language German
Publishing year 2004
length 88 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Peter Payer
script Milan Dor
production Katja Dor ,
Brigitte Hofer ,
Erich Lackner ,
Fiona Meisel
music Bachmann courtship
camera Thomas Hardmeier
cut Britta Nahler

Villa Henriette is an Austrian-Swiss literary film adaptation by Peter Payer from 2004. It is based on motifs from the children's book of the same name by Christine Nöstlinger , who made a cameo in the film .


12-year-old Marie lives with her parents, brother Otto, uncle Albert, aunt Olli and her grandmother in the Villa Henriette. The villa has a life of its own, it speaks without the residents hearing it and interacts with the family, so it pulls up the blinds on its own at an early age and gets Marie to get up. Other things in the house also interact, but this is more because of the grandmother's ingenuity. The refrigerator and the rubbish bin speak, for example, the refrigerator says which food should be bought again. Marie's mother would like to escape the chaos, but is rarely there as a stewardess anyway. Marie's father is an archaeologist, her uncle, who is always ailing, takes care of the garden and her aunt prefers to write poetry, but is actually a lawyer. Marie's brother Otto usually lies around in the area taking photos.

Marie spends a lot of time with her friend Konrad, whom she is tutoring. One day he asks her if she would like to go with him, and she first agrees. Shortly afterwards she meets the new neighbor boy, Stefan, who she also likes. Marie soon finds herself in a quandary and leaves both boys in the dark for now. She has other problems, as her grandmother let herself be fooled into realizing a new invention. All the money she put into the implementation of a scooter is lost. At the same time, grandmother is in debt with 200,000 euros, as she bears the cost of the house alone because none of the family members pays rent. Since grandmother had speculated on the profit of her latest invention in order to pay off the debts, the foreclosure auction of the Villa Henriette is now pending .

Marie investigates and finds the man who supposedly wanted to bring the invention to market. It is an extra in the film who also works as a zoo keeper. It turns out that he acted on behalf of him and took Grandmother's savings account, but not emptied it. Marie learns that the client is Uncle Albert, who wanted to save grandmother from ruin. He hands Marie the untouched savings book, which only contains 100,000 euros. The remaining 100,000 euros must be procured by the beginning of September, otherwise the foreclosure auction cannot be averted. Finally, Marie suggests making the talking refrigerator marketable. She introduces the device to Konrad's father, who trades on the stock exchange. He is so enthusiastic about the device that he buys the rights to the refrigerator and other similar inventions from his grandmother. Villa Henriette, in turn, transfers this to Marie, as she is legally no longer allowed to take out new loans. Marie receives 100,000 euros from Konrad's father for the patents and thus has the total amount that is sufficient to repay the debt. While Marie and Konrad drive to the court in order to be able to pay the sum before the foreclosure auction in the morning, Marie's mother, with Otto's help, destroys all the car tires to the responsible auction judge. Marie and Konrad arrive at the court on time, but the next foreclosure auction is already being prepared there. They think they lost. Only in the Villa Henriette do they find out that the auction has been postponed because the judge was unable to appear in court on time because of a punctured car tire. They are happy, they now have enough time to pay off their debts. To avoid similar cases in the future, Marie is introducing house rents. In turn, she still has to choose between Stefan and Konrad and does not choose either of the two, as they increasingly no longer fought for her, but only against each other.


Villa Henriette was opened under the working title Not for Sale! Shot in the summer and autumn of 2003 in Vienna and the surrounding area. Anita Stoisits created the costumes and Christoph Kanter designed the film . The film had its world premiere in September 2004 at the LUCAS film festival in Frankfurt am Main and was shown for the first time in Austria on November 20, 2004 at the 16th Vienna International Children's Film Festival. It was released in German cinemas on June 30, 2005. In 2005 the film was also released on DVD.

In the film, the songs Sunday and Heart Beats from Quarks can be heard.


For , Villa Henriette was “an extremely funny, thrilling and intelligent film for young and old that is simply fun”. The film-dienst saw the film as an “imaginative film adaptation that went against the grain of the genre”. Cinema called the film version solid and found that it offered some “nice ideas”, but criticized leading actress Hannah Tiefengraber as a “blatant miscast”.

The German Film and Media Evaluation FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the title valuable.

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