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This is a family story that covers thirty years in the life of the Freytag family (narrated by the grandson, Robert). When his grandfather returns from Russia in 1949, he becomes part of the German "economic miracle" by producing garden gnomes. Klaus, Robert's father, wants to become a writer. He marries Gisela who almost immediately gets pregnant with Robert - but the marriage doesn't work. Both parents abandon the child, and Robert goes on living with both pairs of grand parents. While his father belongs to the 1968 generation that rebels against their fathers he falls in love with the neighbor's's daughter Laura.

  1. Oskar Roehler

    Director, Novel, Screenplay

  2. Klaus Richter


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  1. Jürgen Vogel

    Jürgen Vogel

    Erich Freytag

  2. Meret Becker

    Meret Becker

    Elisabeth Freytag

  3. Moritz Bleibtreu

    Moritz Bleibtreu

    Klaus Freytag

  4. Lavinia Wilson

    Lavinia Wilson

    Gisela Ellers

  5. Kostja Ullmann

    Kostja Ullmann

    Klaus, jung

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Sources of Life
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Original Title Quellen des Lebens

Status Released

Release Information

  • February 14, 2013


Original Language German

Runtime 2h 54m

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