Germany’s entry to this years academy awards is a disturbing but enjoyable film, I can easily tell why this film is getting so much acclaim. I highly recomend checking this film out if you get a chance. I had wanted to see it since I saw the trailer, but for some reason my brain didn’t connect with the name, but I did finally go see it, as I have been missing seeing a film of late.
This film is set in East Germany in 1984, 5 years before the fall of the Berlin wall, and follows an east German Stasi officer (Secret Police) Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) who works for his old friend Lietenant Colonel Anton Grubitz (Ulrich Tukur). Wiesler is a master interrogator and works teaching new students interrogation techniques. Grubitz takes his friend to see a play by a writer who is considered to be the most politically correct, this is Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and starring in the play is his girlfriend Christa-Maria Sieland (Martian Gedeck). Wiesler is immediately suspicious, as it turns out is Minister Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme) who orders Grubitz to begin spying on Dreyman before a party he is having this weekend.
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A super stylish action packed love story that introduced the world to Franka Potente. The story actually reminds me of the 1997 Hong Kong film TOO MANY WAYS TO BE NUMBER ONE in it’s temporal telling. It is a story of love, and also of how a single event can change everything for you and for everyone else, and it is all about your determination that can change everything. A wonderful thrill ride, this German film is a must see!! I watched this on HDNET and it looks alright. The wide shots looked great, but the close up motion running shots were a bit too compressed, and the uprezzed video which is in some parts didn’t look so good, but still better than a DVD, I am just getting spoiled by HD now. Ha, how nice that is.
German woman Lola (Franka Potente) gets a call from her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). She didn’t show up to pick him up when she was supposed to, so he is now in trouble. It seems he did some deal for a bad guy, selling cars for diamonds, and getting money, and when Lola didn’t show up he took the subway, but he ran when he saw cops and lost his bag of money, knowing a homeless guy got it. So he needs 100,000 Deutschmarks in 20 minutes or he is either going to die or rob a store to get the money. Lola has 20 minutes to save him.
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