A touching film about how dreams have to be abandoned in order to become an adult
When this film was repeated on German TV in fall 1998 I had the experience of a major discovery. There aren't many films showing the necessary sacrifice of dreams by adults - and the confrontation of these adults with their abandoned youthful dreams - in such a convincing manner. The film seems perfectly realistic and natural in spite of its taut construction. A special blessing is the absence of political "teaching" in the style of the New German Film. A few moments are perhaps too melodramatic. The actors are no less superb than the book. There is no role that could be singled out for its eminence. Instead there are about 10 characters of equal importance. I saw the film as a fan of Barbara Rudnik and she certainly performs well but I am ready to admit that Heinrich Schafmeister, who also has some truly comic scenes, does the best job.
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