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HEAD UNDER WATER

Something terrible is about to happen in a small town in Germany. Nobody knows the reason why, except one person: Rico Bartsch. The 15-year old grammar school pupil, an absolute outsider, is in love with the most beautiful girl at his school. What in the beginning is a longing that can never be fullfilled will come true at the end of the story: Beautiful Regine will beg for Rico's love. Until then several inhabitants of the town will die an unnatural death... Rico Bartsch (Frederick Lau) is a looser. He is not successful with girls nor is he athletic: His limited sense of hearing makes him live in his own world. Whenever he is fed up with his surroundings he just switchess off his hearing aid. One day his classs mate Robert Greiner dies because he has eaten poisoned pastry. Rico does not care since he hated Robert Greiner, who used to bully him as well as the teachers. However when it turns out that the intended victim was not Robert but Rico, he becomes the centre of attention. Who had the reason to kill Rico? After Robert Greiner's death Rico tries to find support by his German teacher Martin Wegner (August Diehl). Wegner like Rico feels bullied by pupils as well as by his colleages - two outsiders who have found each other. And they have something else in common: Both of them are fond of constructing models. Driving his model train through an exact replica of his home town, Rico turns his back on reality. Good models are almost like life itself; and in any case a good model doll is better than a bad live human being, Rico thinks. He is excited when Martin Wegner suggests building a life-size model of a girl from his school class and Rico becomes aware that something is wrong with Wegner.