Life Is All You Get


1h 58m 1997

Brief Synopsis

An aimless Gen-Xer, Jan Nebel, literally runs into Miss Right while walking home from a disastrous one-night stand. Unfortunately, he meets Vera in the middle of a Berlin street riot. Even more unfortunately Jan accidentally knocks down two plain-clothes cops who are pursuing her. Before he's arrest

Film Details

Also Known As
Das Leben Ist Eine Baustelle, Life Is a Construction Site, vie est un chantier
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Arte; Bavaria Media Gmbh; Filmboard Berlin Brandenburg; Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Wdr); Wild Bunch AG; X-Filme Creative Pool
Distribution Company
Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Senator Film Verleih; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Synopsis

An aimless Gen-Xer, Jan Nebel, literally runs into Miss Right while walking home from a disastrous one-night stand. Unfortunately, he meets Vera in the middle of a Berlin street riot. Even more unfortunately Jan accidentally knocks down two plain-clothes cops who are pursuing her. Before he's arrested, however, he manages to make a good impression on the beautiful young woman.

Cast

Jürgen Vogel

Jan Nebel

Christiane Paul

Vera

Ricky Tomlinson

Buddy

Armin Rohde

Harri

Martina Gedeck

Lilo Nebel

Rebecca Hessing

Jenni

Christina Papamichou

Kristina

Meret Becker

Moni

Heino Ferch

Hoffmann

Ricky Muller

Theo

Peter Gavajda

Julian

Andrea Sawatzki

Sylvia

Carmen M Antoni

Ushchi

Ludger Pistor

Teicher--Funeral Director

Bernd Stegemann

Horror-Rudi

Andreja Schneider

Brenda Lee

Frank Michael Kobe

Plainclothes Policeman

Rainer Werner

Plainclothes Policeman

Uwe Richter

Moving Man; Policeman

Frank Kessler

Policeman

Oliver Meschke

Policeman

Hans Seck

Man With Dog

Klaus Stenzel

Lodger

Felix Koppel

Max

Daniel Schermelleh

Moritz

Stefan Arndt

Judge

Wolfgang Becker

Slaughterhouse Boss

Matthias Friedrich

Youth With Knife

Max Foller

Youth No 2

Claus-jurgen Pfeiffer

Tv Showmaster

Susanne Betancor

Tv Singer

Manfred Mertens

Jan'S Father

Peter Schulze

Man At Buffet

Karol Bethke

Speaker

Volker Rahn

Speaker

Detlef Matthies

Taxi Driver

Detlef Gode Benedix

Siggi

Jan Erik Engel

Peter

Gundula Petrovska

Dorita

Andreas Schmidt

Neighbour With Cupboard

Matthais Schmidt

Pallbearer

Hilmar Rose

Pallbearer

Mario Scheel

Moving Man

Raymond Tarabay

Night Porter

Frank Zimmerman

Hotel Waiter

Tom Spiess

Day Porter

Andy Anderson

Man In Hearse

Gerhard Broer

Priest

Patric Doumeyrol

Doctor

Ingeborg Westphal

Jan'S Mother

Arno Reckers

'Cableman'

Klaus Bieling

'Lipstick'

Regina Klopsch

Lady Madonna

Peter Klopsch

Jerry Lee Lehmann

Victor Schefe

Markus--Beggar On Underground

Claudia Zeibig

Woman With Knife

Hajo Sagebrecht

Man In Publicist

Karl Von Sydow

Man In Publicist

Claudia Cullmann

Nurse

Patrice Bouedibela

Choir Member

Gregor Kramer

Choir Member

Anja Krabbe

Choir Member

Eva Mbabazi

Choir Member

Ralf Moritz

Choir Member

Daniel Oerel

Choir Member

Benito Sambo

Choir Member

Caroline Sanchez

Choir Member

Reinhard Schleuss

Choir Member

Moritz Schuhmacher

Choir Member

Jessica Winkler

Choir Member

Nik Wustlich

Choir Member

Lorenz Allacher

Spree Teddy Club Band Member

Johannes Roloff

Spree Teddy Club Band Member

Jurgen Schaefer

Spree Teddy Club Band Member

Hans Schumann

Spree Teddy Club Band Member

Bernd Weissig

Spree Teddy Club Band Member

Jacky Spelter

Spree Teddy Club Band Member

Willy Kasler

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Lina Grundmann

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Christina Rosti

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Andreas Rosti

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Dirk Obst

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Inara Thomas

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Christian Bonsch

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Clarissa Bonsch

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Sven Markholz

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Myra Thomas

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Michael Gilner

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Marianne Waleroski

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Ulrike Grundheld

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Bernd Grundheld

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Volkart Maier

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Daniela Vogel

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Petra Muschter

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Andreas Muschter

Rock 'N' Roll Dancer

Wolfgang Hess

Dubbed Voice Of Buddy

Crew

Filmstiftung Nordrhein-westfalen (nrw)

Funding

Jerry Allison

Song ("That'Ll Be The Day")

Stefan Arndt

Producer

Randy Bachman

Song ("You Ain'T Seen Nothin' Yet")

Micky Bahner

Other

Dieter Bahr

Set Decorator

Wolfgang Becker

Screenwriter

M Bednorz-brosch

Other

Hawo Bleich

Other

An Dorthe Braker

Casting

Marcus Brinkmann

Unit Production Manager

James Brown

Song Performer ("I Got You (I Feel Good)")

Simon Buchanan

Other

Katharine Cantow

Other

Sylvia Cielieski

Other

Tanja Daberitz

Assistant Director

Wolfgang Dasbach

Other

Markus Daunert

Other

Karl-heinz Deutscher

Other

Sebastian Dressler

Other

Harry Ermer

Other

Chris Evert

Unit Production Manager

Matthias Fischer

Other

Lothar Friedrich

Other

Nicole Fruhauf

Other

G Goddard

Song ("Tribute To Buddy Holly")

Jeanne Grollmann

Makeup (Additional Unit)

Lutz Halfter

Other

Edward Hayes

Other

Rudolf Heczko

Other

Anne Helmer

Production Coordinator

Gebhard Henke

Editor

Lothar Hensel

Song

Lothar Hensel

Song Performer ("Tango")

Buddy Holly

Song ("That'Ll Be The Day")

Sina Hoppe

Other

Stephan Joppien

Other

Manos Kadjidakis

Song ("Pame Mia Volta Sto Feggari")

Constantin Kesting

2nd Unit Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)

Scott Kirby

Assistant Director

Christophe Klownick

Other

Jurgen Knieper

Music

Anja Krabbe

Other

Anja Krabbe

Song Performer ("That'Ll Be The Day")

Antje Krull

Costumes (Additional Unit)

Martin Kukula

Director Of Photography

Julia Kursawe

Other

Petra Kustner

Assistant Director (Additional Unit)

Olaf Kutscher

Sound (Additional Unit)

Lena Lazzarotto

Makeup

Jerry Leiber

Song ("Hound Dog")

Matthias Lempert

Sound Design

Chris Lewis

Other

Philip Mayers

Song ("Rock Baby Rock")

Gunter Melde

Other

Matthias Michel

Unit Production Manager (Additional Unit)

Johannes Miro

Other

Beatrix Motter

Other

Tobias Motter

Other

Daniel Oertel

Other

Jekaterina Oertl

Makeup

Beatrice Ollosow

Other

Anja Ostrowski

Production Coordinator (Additional Unit)

Cornelia Partmann

Casting (Children/Extras)

Norman Petty

Song ("That'Ll Be The Day")

Claus-jurgen Pfeiffer

Art Director

Heidi Platz

Costumes

Joern Poetzl

Sound Effects

Michael Praetorius

Song ("Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen")

Domenica Reetz

Other

Stan Regal

Music Recording

Johannes Roloff

Song Arranger ("Sweet Nothin'S")

Patricia Rommel

Editor

Jocus Scherz

2nd Unit Director Of Photography (2nd Unit) (Additional Unit)

Andreas Schreitmuller

Commissioning Editor (Arte)

Wolfgang Schukrafft

Sound

Peter Schultze

Other

Mathias Schwerbrock

Production Manager

Michael Schweuneke

Animal Trainer

Ronnie Self

Song ("Sweet Nothin'S")

Erroll Shaker

Song Performer ("Walk With Me (Traditional)")

Tom Spiess

Executive Producer

Fabian Stelzer

Other

Christian Steyer

Song; Song Arranger ("Der Heiland Ist Geboren" "That'Ll Be The Day" "Hound Dog"), Song Arranger ("Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprugen")

Christian Steyer

Music (Incidental)

Christian Steyer

Song Performer ("Come In/Buffet Bossa" "Glasermusik" "Walk With Me (Traditional)" "Rock Baby Rock")

Martin Steyer

Mixer

Mike Stoller

Song ("Hound Dog")

Kai Tebbel

Avid Sound Editor

Klaus Tollman

Unit Production Manager (Additional Unit)

Ricky Tomlinson

Song Performer ("That'Ll Be The Day")

Tom Tykwer

Screenwriter

Caroline Veyssifre

Script Supervisor/Continuity

Judith Warschke

Other

Christian Weber

Other

Felix Weidemann

Other

Jorg Widmer

Steadicam Operator

Felix Wiedemann

Other

Edda Wiese

Other

Thomas Wilk

Title Design

Film Details

Also Known As
Das Leben Ist Eine Baustelle, Life Is a Construction Site, vie est un chantier
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Arte; Bavaria Media Gmbh; Filmboard Berlin Brandenburg; Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Wdr); Wild Bunch AG; X-Filme Creative Pool
Distribution Company
Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Senator Film Verleih; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Pilar Miro Best Director Prize at the 1997 Valladolid International Week of Film.

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States February 1997

Released in United States March 1998

Released in United States October 1997

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1997

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 13-24, 1997.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-19, 1997.

Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 19-29, 1998.

Shown at Valladolid International Film Festival October 24 - November 1, 1997.

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Valladolid International Film Festival October 24 - November 1, 1997.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.)

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1997

Released in United States February 1997 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 13-24, 1997.)

Released in United States March 1998 (Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 19-29, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1997 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-19, 1997.)

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.