Synopsis: Aloys Adorn is a middle aged private detective who lives and works with his father. He experiences life from a safe distance, through a video camera he keeps recording 24 hours a day, and the massive collection of surveillance tapes he organizes and obsessively watches at home. But when his father dies, Aloys is left on his own and his sheltered existence begins to fall apart. After a night of heavy drinking, Aloys wakes up on a public bus to find that his camera and precious observation tapes have been stolen. Soon after, a mysterious woman calls to blackmail him. She offers to return the tapes if Aloys will try an obscure Japanese invention called 'telephone walking' with her, using his imagination as their only connection. As he is drawn deeper and deeper, falling in love with the voice on the other end of the phone, the woman opens up a new universe that may allow Aloys to break out of his isolation and into the real world.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Tobias Nölle
  6 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Your email is missing.

No longer valid.

Excuse me?

I didn't get that.

No email.

Urn to keep at home...


Just give me the payment slip.

Julie Kramer...

We went to school together.

We don't know each other,

young lady.


Can you feel him kicking?

He wants to get out.

He can barely wait.

It must be a bit lonely in there.

I'm getting cold, darling.

Can we go to your place, please?

I'd rather not, Kathrin.

We always meet outside.

Do you have something to hide?

- What do you mean, "hide"?

- You never take me to your place.


Mrs Schoch, you shouldn't contact us

during the observation.

Mrs Schoch? She's pregnant.

C'est la vie...

I beg your pardon?

That's French.

Get that son of a b*tch on the phone!

We don't interact with out targets.

We'll get back to you tomorrow.



First new message:

This is Julie Kramer

from the crematorium.

The cremation is confirmed for Friday.

I'm sorry about earlier.

It was the wrong moment.

We'll see each other at the cremation.

Let's chat then.

I'm curious about what's become of you...

Message deleted.

I'd like to order something.

Hello, Mr Adorn.

I'm sorry about your father.

One portion of rice to go.

In China, when somebody dies,

we get rid of bad spirits

with fireworks.

We don't need that.

Hello, Mr Detective.


Is it true that you catch missing cats

and don't bring them back?



You're even more friendly

than your father.

Oh I'm so cold.

Touch it.

Do you have a vacuum cleaner?

Mrs Schoch...

My boss isn't available right now,

but we'll intercept Mr Schoch.

At 4pm, on the dot.

Yes, we thank you.


Our camera bag was stolen

on the bus.

Including 9 DV tapes.

Strictly confidential material.

As well as an ID card from the

Swiss Association of Private Investigators.

Issued to Adorn Junior.

Yes, hello?

I imagined your voice would be different.

Say something else.

I like it.

But it's obvious

that you don't like talking.

Who are you?

What do you want?

Is it OK to call you Adorn?

Aloys feels too personal.

You stole our camera.

I watched your videos.

Your dead father.

The people you spy on.

Your cat who, incidentally,

has a magnesium deficiency,

and who will die soon too.

You even film me and Rolf.

I don't know anyone called Rolf.

Do you know anyone at all?


I thought I'd send the videos back

to the people you secretly film.

You could apologise to them.

- To me too.

- No, young lady,

you'll hand over these items

to lost property office,

or we'll inform the authorities.

I picture you...

in your blue jumper,

with your sad eyes.

Good night.

Believe in your invisibility -

it is given to you.

Avoid mirrors,

shadows and echoes.

Be quieter than the wind.

Testing... testing...

Testing... testing...


We'll work out a practical solution

both parties can agree to.

Very good.

The secret lies in the filtered frequencies

through the phone.



was invented in 1984

by a Japanese neurologist.

A practical solution, young lady.

For shy men.

How's your cat?

Do you give it magnesium?

Listen very carefully, young lady...

Just listen.

You've pictured a train, right?

That's how phone-walking works.

You picture a face.

No, a definite no.

I'm tall...


with black skin...

an ample bosom...

Attention, passing train platform 1



Adorn, you clever fox.

You hear my voice,

but you don't know who I am.

Throw yourself under a train.

What did you say?

Go and throw yourself

under a train.

The secret lies in the filtered frequencies

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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