I'm a sucker for stories about spies and frontiers and guys in white cloaks and black cloaks. This is an intriguing little film, well acted by some relatively obscure people. It's a dandy murder mystery (well, it isn't really murder, or two murders. But then if I explain that, I'll give it away.) Theres also fascinating intrigue set against the Berlin Wall. The story is set after the wall comes down. But there are flashbacks to the days of the two Germanies. The film captures the gritty atmosphere of the East and even explores the social problems in the wealthy west after it is invaded by hundreds of thousands of refugees from the impoverished east. It's a fine film on all five counts: acting, suspense, mystery, intrigue and atmosphere.
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