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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meret Becker ...
Sophie I
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Sophie II
Anian Zollner ...
Konrad I
August Zirner ...
Konrad II
Susanne Ugé ...
Barbara I
Eva Mattes ...
Barbara II
Pierre Besson ...
Harald I
Hans Kremer ...
Harald II
Dieter Mann ...
Konrad's Father
Simone von Zglinicki ...
Konrad's mother (as Simone von Zglienicki)
Ruth Glöss ...
Konrad's grandmother
Christian Herschmann ...
Alexander (12 years)
Joerg Meister ...
Alexander - 20 years (as Jörg Meister)
Jean-Yves Gautier ...
Gérard
Ulrike Krumbiegel ...
Elisabeth
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East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, Konrad and Sophie will attempt to meet again, in spite of the Iron Curtain. Konrad, who has become a reputed Astrophysicist, tries to take advantage of scientific congresses outside Eastern Germany to arrange encounters with Sophie. But in a country where the political police, the Stasi, monitors the moves of all suspicious people (such as Konrad's sister Barbara and her husband Harald), preserving one's privacy, ideals and self-respect becomes an exhausting fight, even as the Eastern block begins its long process of disintegration. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Eine Liebe, eine Hoffnung, eine Mauer.

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Rated R for a scene of sex, and for language | See all certifications »
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3 November 1995 (USA)  »

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$91,145 (USA)
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A Brilliant Drama of Romance and Distance

This is one my favorite movies of all time. I've read most of the negative comments on this one, and I agree with most of the criticisms.

Nevertheless, despite some uneven patches in the storyline, this is one of the few movies I've seen that has real characters with real lives that I at least can relate to. This movie ultimately is about humanity and how distance and proximity to what one loves and hates twists around who we really are inside.


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