Der bewegte Mann

Der bewegte Mann (international title: The Most Desired Man, U.S. title: Maybe ... Maybe Not) is a 1994 German comedy film directed by Sönke Wortmann and starring Til Schweiger, Rufus Beck, Joachim Król and Katja Riemann.[2]

Der bewegte Mann
German film poster
Directed bySönke Wortmann
Produced byBernd Eichinger
Written bySönke Wortmann
Ralf König (comic)
StarringTil Schweiger
Katja Riemann
Joachim Król
Music byTorsten Breuer
CinematographyGernot Roll
Edited byUeli Christen
Distributed byNeue Constantin Film (Germany)
Orion Classics (USA)
Release date
Running time
93 min
Box office$25.8 million[1]

The film developed from the comics "Der bewegte Mann" and "Pretty Baby" by Ralf König.[3]


Axel (played by Til Schweiger) has just been dumped by his girlfriend Doro (Katja Riemann), and needs to find a new place to live. He meets Walter a.k.a. Waltraud (Rufus Beck), a transvestite who participated in a heterosexual men's group to provide a gay man's perspective. Walter talks Axel into joining him and some friends at a gay party afterwards, and tries to convince Axel to move in with him. At the party, Axel decides instead to move in with Walter's best friend, Norbert (Joachim Król), whose boyfriend has just left him. Later, at Axel and Doro's apartment, Norbert tries to seduce Axel while they browse old photos. Just when Norbert has shed all his clothes, Doro shows up at the door, and Axel hastily hides Norbert. Doro explains to Axel that she's expecting his child and wants to give their relationship a second chance. She is not amused to discover a naked man in the wardrobe, but Axel manages to convince her that nothing has happened. Excited about fatherhood and eager to return to Doro, Axel forgets about his new friendship with Norbert.

But soon Axel discovers a downside to the pregnancy: he finds that he is extremely adverse to having sex with a pregnant woman, due to an irrational fear of hurting the child. Despite his engagement to her, he decides to stray when he encounters Elke, a former girlfriend. They are trying to find a place to have sex when Axel bumps into Norbert again. At first Norbert is angry with him for having left without a word, but Axel claims it's only because Doro was upset. Axel convinces Norbert to lend his apartment for the tryst with Elke. A few days later at Norbert's apartment, Elke gives Axel a mind-altering drug, and leaves him sitting naked on a table. Meanwhile, Doro has learned that Axel went to Norbert's apartment, and she thinks that Axel is going to have sex with Norbert. She confronts Norbert at his apartment and upon entering, she sees Axel naked and unable to speak and starts to go into labor. In the bathroom Norbert finds Elke and Norbert's not-so-gay boyfriend playing in the tub. As Norbert drives her to the hospital, he attempts to explain everything on the way. Doro forgives Norbert and they become friends, but her relationship with Axel is in question.


See also


  1. "Worldwide rentals beat domestic take". Variety. February 13, 1995. p. 28.
  2. Brockmann, Stephen (2010). A Critical History of German Film. Camden House. p. 437. ISBN 978-1-57113-468-4.
  3. Lorey, Christoph; Plews, John L. (1 January 1998). Queering the Canon: Defying Sights in German Literature and Culture. Camden House. p. 403. ISBN 978-1-57113-178-2.
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