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Written by  Til Schweiger
6.7/10 IMDb

Directed by  Til Schweiger
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Produced by  Til Schweiger Thomas Zickler
Screenplay by  Til Schweiger Hilly Martinek
Starring  Dieter Hallervorden Emma Schweiger Til Schweiger
Music by  Dirk Reichardt Martin Todsharow David Jürgens
Initial release  25 December 2014 (Germany)
Directors  Til Schweiger, Lars Gmehling
Music director  Martin Todsharow, Dirk Reichardt, David Jürgens
Awards  Bambi - Honorary Prize of the Jury
Screenplay  Til Schweiger, Hilly Martinek
Cast  Til Schweiger, Dieter Hallervorden, Emma Tiger Schweiger, Jeanette Hain, Jan Josef Liefers
Similar  Dementia movies, Movies about Alzheimer's disease, Dramas

Head Full of Honey (German: Honig im Kopf) is a 2014 German drama film directed by Til Schweiger. It was one of eight films shortlisted by Germany to be their submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, but it lost out to Labyrinth of Lies.


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Retired vet Amandus (Dieter Hallervorden) suffers from Alzheimer's disease. A speech he holds at his wife Margarete's funeral reveals his deteriorating mental state. When his son Niko (Til Schweiger) and his granddaughter Tilda (Emma Schweiger) visit him, they see that he can no longer live on his own because of his mental condition. Niko convinces Amandus to move into his house near Hamburg.

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Niko is married to Sarah (Jeanette Hain), but their marriage is in danger because his wife has a romance with her boss Serge (Jan Josef Liefers). Amandus's presence in the household causes disputes between Niko and Sarah. For example, Amandus nearly causes a fire in the kitchen while trying to bake a cake, which Sarah can only prevent in the last nick of time.

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While Amandus's mental state continues to degrade, a summer fête is thrown in the garden. Because of his disease, Amandus causes a disaster which leads to Sarah moving out. Niko now believes that moving his father to a retirement home has become inevitable, however his daughter Tilda does not think that this is the way Amandus should be treated. Instead, she wants to travel to Venice with her grandfather, where he and his wife Margarete had spent their honeymoon. Tilda is told by her paediatrician Dr. Ehlers (Tilo Prückner) that visiting places the sick person knows well can help living with the disease. They start their trip by car, but soon get into a car crash which is caused by Amandus ignoring a red traffic light. Tilda then decides that they should go by train, which also fails, when Amandus accidentally leaves the train. Tilda pulls the emergency brake to stop the train and runs after him. The police are now searching for them, so they hide in a toilet cabin. In the evening, the janitor Erdal (Fahri Yardim) finds them, and helps the two continue their journey to Venice. Going by a sheep lorry, they get stopped by the police, but manage to flee before they get caught, and find shelter in a monastery. The Mother Superior (Claudia Michelsen) is so touched by their story, that she drives Tilda and Amandus to Venice.

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Niko and Sarah also arrive in Venice, looking for Tilda and Amandus. They check into the same hotel as Niko and Sarah, but they don't notice each other. Amandus leaves the hotel at night. Tilda notices in the morning, goes looking for him, and finds him sitting on a bench. It is revealed that while on honeymoon in Venice, Amandus had sat on that bench with his wife Margarete. His condition has advanced so far that he forgets he has a granddaughter, so he doesn't recognise Tilda. At that moment, Niko and Sarah find Tilda and Amandus, and the four travel back to Hamburg.

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Sarah decides to stop working so that she can take care of Amandus. The marriage of Niko and Sarah is saved when Sarah gives birth to a baby boy nine months later, whom they name after his grandfather. Amandus spends his remaining days contently with his family, and dies of cardiac failure in presence of Tilda. At the funeral, Tilda lies in the grass and looks to the sky, because Amandus had promised he would protect her from heaven.


The film has earned US$60.4 million at the box office.


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