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Hinterholz 8 (1998)

Herbert Krcal lives with his wife and son in a small apartment in Vienna. He dreams of owning his own house but houses are expensive. During a walk in the woods, he finds an old run-down ... See full summary »


Harald Sicheritz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland Düringer Roland Düringer ... Herbert Krcal
Nina Proll Nina Proll ... Margit Krcal
Rudolf Rohaczek Rudolf Rohaczek ... Philipp Krcal
Wolfgang Böck ... Meier
Reinhard Nowak ... Sepp Forstinger
Lukas Resetarits Lukas Resetarits ... Willi
Herwig Seeböck Herwig Seeböck ... Kandler
I. Stangl I. Stangl ... Gemeinderat
Alfred Dorfer Alfred Dorfer ... Eberl
Eva Billisich Eva Billisich ... Mrs. Meier
Rudolf Buczolich Rudolf Buczolich ... Margits Vater
Erika Mottl Erika Mottl ... Margits Mutter
Karl Ferdinand Kratzl Karl Ferdinand Kratzl ... Mündel + Assistent von Kandler
Andrea Händler Andrea Händler ... Kosmetikerin
Andrea Eckert Andrea Eckert ... Dr. Gerda Bleichenberg


Herbert Krcal lives with his wife and son in a small apartment in Vienna. He dreams of owning his own house but houses are expensive. During a walk in the woods, he finds an old run-down house and decides to buy it. When he begins the renovation he realizes that his new home requires more than some wallpaper and paint. Soon the do-it-yourself handyman is caught up in a home building nightmare. Written by TheFoolWhoHangedTheReaper

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Release Date:

18 September 1998 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Улица Хинтерхольц, 8 See more »

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Remake of Einmal im Leben - Geschichte eines Eigenheims (1972) See more »

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Intended as comedy, but really a very good critical portrayal of the Austrian people
24 November 2009 | by nichtssagendSee all my reviews

Having lived there for a while, this movie is a very accurate portrayal of the typical Austrian (yes, I know it's a generalization - there are always exceptions). For me, this movie is both a comedy as well as a critical look at the problems in Austria:

* Xenophobia - shown in the condesendence shown towards the illegal immigrant worker. This is absolutely common in Austria. * Male chauvinism - Austria still is a very conservative society when it comes to roles of males and females and who "has the pants on". * Corruption - so called "Freunderlwirtschaft"; it is not untypical in Austria to circumvent fair competition for jobs, rights of passing on apartments, etc. by preferential treatment and doing "under the table"-deals. Also, every little village in Austria seems to have their own mayor and again, there's a lot of wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes. * Parochialism ("kleinkariert") - for many Austrians, the most exotic holiday would be to go to Italy (or Mallorca, as mentioned in the movie) and end up lazing on a beach and ordering "Wiener Schnitzel" instead of local cuisine. People like the one woman who has lived all her life in the same small village and hasn't even been up the hill does exist!

Many other little things, little bits of the language, the pathetic obsession with "Schrebergarten", the reaction of the village folk to a "Wiener", round out the movie's attention to detail.

So, in summary, it's both a comedy as well as tragic in a way, but certainly well made and in particular very authentically acted! Not sure what to make of the ending, though, because up to that point, it was utterly realistic.

Apparently, there is a germanized version of it - if you can manage to understand a Viennese accent, definitely go for the original Austrian one!

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