The successful entertainment artist Ralf Keul must develop his land on the Baltic Sea or else ultimately give it up. Inexperienced yet courageous, he hurls himself into the undertaking, ... See full summary »
The successful entertainment artist Ralf Keul must develop his land on the Baltic Sea or else ultimately give it up. Inexperienced yet courageous, he hurls himself into the undertaking, which spares him no unpleasantness. He battles over the transportation and procurement of materials, constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown, while his craftsmen offer little additional assistance. About halfway through the project he runs out of money and ends up selling his coin collection. Finally, after countless stresses, job-related irritations, and overlapping marital crises, the house is built. His wife and daughter are thrilled, and enthusiastic visitors show up in droves. Written by
DEFA Film Library
This East German comedy was made about 10 years before the country was reunified, and Socialist Germany ceased to exist. From this perspective, I found it much more interesting in its depicting of daily life in the GDR (hiring construction workers, obtaining building material, bureaucracy, car breakdown, bank credit, divorce proceedings, nude bathing, alcohol) than laugh-out-loud comical.
The story: An entertainer (strong: Rolf Herricht in his last film role) wants to have a vacation home built, in a small town on the Baltic Sea. (He is forced to do so by local authorities, otherwise he'd lose the right to the land.) Against all odds presented by the surrounding society, he jeopardizes his money, car, job, marriage...
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