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Loriot as Paul Winkelmann
Directed by Loriot
Produced by Horst Wendlandt, Günter Rohrbach
Written by Vicco von Bülow
Starring Loriot, Evelyn Hamann, Katharina Brauren, Edda Seippel, Richard Lauffen
Music by Rolf Wilhelm
Cinematography Xaver Schwarzenberger
Release date
  • March 10, 1988 (1988-03-10)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Ödipussi is a 1988 German comedy film, starring as well as written by Loriot, and the first of two films that he directed. The title is a pun on the Oedipus complex described by Sigmund Freud and the James Bond film Octopussy.


Paul Winkelmann is single and running the family's furniture and decoration business. Despite his age (he is 56 years old), he still maintains a close relationship with his mother who cooks for him and cannot understand that he rents his own apartment.

When he meets Margarethe Tietze, a practicing psychologist, the two attempt to join their expertises in order to improve on consulting potential furniture customers with psychological troubles. After an afternoon of coffee and pastries and a business trip to Italy, Margarethe finally introduces Paul to her parents, who initially assume he is a patient of hers. In the meantime, Paul's jealous mother found a sublessee - very much to the dislike of Paul. Margarethe's family's return visit at Paul's mother's apartment ends with a debacle.

Premières in East and West Germany[edit]

The première of the movie was on March 10, 1988 at 16:00 in East Berlin and in the evening in the West. It was the first and only première of this kind in the divided Germany. In the Federal Republic the film was seen by 4,612,801 viewers.[1]

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