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Westler (1985)

Felix from West-Berlin falls in love with Thomas in East-Berlin. At first they keep their relationship going by regular visits from Felix, but the curfew forces him to return every evening.... See full summary »

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Sigurd Rachman ...
Felix
Rainer Strecker ...
Thomas
Andy Lucas ...
Bruce
Frank Rediess ...
Bernie (as Frank Rediess)
Andreas Bernhardt ...
Jürgen
Sasha Kogo ...
Elke
Hans-Juergen Punte ...
Lutze (as Hans-Jürgen Punte)
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Nightclub Singer (as Zazi de Paris)
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Border Guard
Christoph Eichhorn ...
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Peter Bahlke
Jörg Uwe Dost
Zlata Findeis
Thomas Freter
Wolfram Gasper
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Felix from West-Berlin falls in love with Thomas in East-Berlin. At first they keep their relationship going by regular visits from Felix, but the curfew forces him to return every evening. When the East-German authorities become suspicious, Thomas decides to try and flee to the West. Written by Chris Abbenhuis <keller@telebyte.nl>

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28 March 1987 (West Germany)  »

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East of the Wall  »

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The scenes in East Berlin were shot clandestinely with a Super-8 camera. See more »

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Featured in This Ain't California (2012) See more »

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West of the Wall
Performed by Zazie De Paris
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Pretty weak
2 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

First - the good things about the film. Nice blond Rainer Strecker's character seems a good representative of East Berlinean gay archetype in the 1980s :) Some of the GDR tokens - Nina Hagen, obligatory military service for men, the Baltic for a week off, Prague over weekend, signs in Russian every now and then - will definitely make some modern Germans nostalgic... That country is gone for good - or for bad :)

Now the actual critique. The good, albeit trite, collision - love across the barb wire ("why can't we two simply live together") deteriorates as the film reels. Poor "pseudo-documentary" script. Strained story-telling. Awful MIDI-synthesizer soundtrack. Far from best use of 90 minutes' screen time. Obtrusive exploitation of how-bad-communism-is type of details. Was this meant to be a propaganda film?

Recommend to watch something else. If you are looking for films on GDR - there are better ones, try e.g. "Nowhere to go" (Die Unberuehrbare)


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