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Das Versprechen (1995)

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, ... See full summary »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

La promesse  »

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$91,145 (USA)
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Sophie: You wall in a whole country, then you pop over here for a cup of coffee.
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The Promise
19 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

When the Berlin wall is built to split up the city, a group of youths try to escape from the East to the West. Among them are Sophie (Meret Becker) and Konrad (Anian Zollner), but only the former makes it to the west. Konrad stays in the East, becoming a successful astronomer. Over the following decades, the lovers keep on living their lives with new families, occasionally meeting each other when circumstances are benign. Older versions of Sophie and Konrad are played by Corinna Harfouch and August Zirner.

Through the melodramatic romance of Sophie and Konrad, the film examines the effects of the Wall on the Germans. Things are more complicated than "East is bad, West is good": there are movements to both directions, and people have many reasons to move, or to choose to stay. The film conveys the atmosphere of disunity and bureaucracy well through realistic visual style, but the love story is strong in its own right too.


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