The Fisherman and his Wife

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  • 2005
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.2  (833)

The Fisherman and his Wife is a German fairytale adapted into a film in 2005 starring Alexandra Maria Lara, Christian Ulmen, and Simon Verhoeven. The movie follows the story of a fisherman, played by Ulmen, who catches a magical fish that grants him three wishes. He initially decides to use his wishes for practical things like a bigger home and income, but his wife, played by Lara, becomes greedy and begins to make extravagant demands, causing their lives to spiral out of control.

The film opens with the fisherman and his wife living in a cramped and poverty-stricken home. Despite their hardships, the fisherman is content with his simple life and his wife's cooking. One day, he catches a glittering fish that claims to be a magical creature and offers to grant him three wishes in exchange for its release. The fisherman initially declines the offer, but his wife insists that he make use of the opportunity to better their circumstances.

The fisherman decides to use his wishes to obtain a larger house and a comfortable life for him and his wife. His wife then demands even more wealth and prestige, causing the fisherman to use his second wish to fulfill her request. But even after this, his wife remains unsatisfied and continues to make increasingly excessive demands.

As the wishes become more and more extravagant, their lives become more complicated and stressful. The couple's relationship becomes strained, and their neighbors begin to resent them for their sudden wealth and arrogance. The fisherman realizes that his wife's greed is causing their downfall and attempts to use his final wish to undo the damage, but it may already be too late.

The Fisherman and his Wife is a visually stunning film, with beautiful cinematography and enchanting special effects that bring the magical fish to life. The performances by Lara and Ulmen are impressive, with both actors bringing depth and complexity to their characters. The film's themes of greed, love, and redemption are explored in a thoughtful and nuanced way, making it a compelling and engaging story for audiences of all ages.

Overall, The Fisherman and his Wife is a charming and whimsical adaptation of a classic fairytale. Its captivating visuals, strong performances, and poignant message about the dangers of greed make it a must-see for fans of fantasy and folklore.

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  • Runtime
    1 hr 40 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (833)