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Pünktchen und Anton

Pünktchen und Anton
Max Felder

Max Felder

Screen Time: 75%
Role: Anton
Age: 9 years old
Elea Geissler

Elea Geissler

Screen Time: 75%
Role: Annaluise/Pünktchen
Age: 9 years old

 

Pünktchen und Anton

1998
Annaluise & Anton (USA)
Rating: 6.75 (4 votes)
Directed: Caroline Link
Country: Germany
Language: German
Genre: Drama, Family
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0161935

Summary

Pünktchen and Anton are closest of friends. Being the daughter of a wealthy surgeon, young Pünktchen lives in a great house. Her mother, who always travels through the world more for public relation reasons than for the social tasks she pretends to fulfill, is never available to her as a mother. Anton, son of a single and sick mother in financial trouble, does his best to help her out of it by working late. Pünktchen decides to help her only friend (as nobody else would anyway) and starts singing in public places. Trouble arises when Anton can't resist stealing a golden lighter and Pünktchen's secret life is discovered by her parents. Two troubled families finally can see the need for actions to be taken.

Movie Reviews

Capsule Review by Ted Shen
From the Chicago Reader

Anton, a sensitive boy whose waitress mother is seriously ill, becomes fast friends with Annaluise, a feisty, resourceful ten-year-old neglected by her career-minded technocrat parents.

This 1998 German feature updates Erich Kästner’s classic children's novel from the 30s; director Caroline Link (Beyond Silence) preserves its contrasts in class behavior and parental accountability and punches up the emotional highs and lows the children experience through the adults' approval and rejection.

In the end, however, Annaluise and Anton teach their elders a thing or two about altruism, a closure achieved with impeccable logic and appeal.