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No Place to Go (2000)
"Die Unberührbare" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  20 April 2000 (Germany)
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Hannelore Elsner ...
Hanna Flanders
Vadim Glowna ...
Bruno
Jasmin Tabatabai ...
Meret
Lars Rudolph ...
Viktor
Michael Gwisdek ...
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Nina Petri ...
Tonio Arango ...
Ronald
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Isabelle (as Catherine Flemming)
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Gunda Ebert ...
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Michael Gaißmayer ...
Unscheid
Helga Göring ...
Hanna's Mother
Christine Harbort ...
Irene
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Flanders, a famous female author, travels 1989 after the fall of the Berlin wall into the German capitol. She is deeply depressed of the events because she saw the communistic states as a very good thing that has now ended. In the joy of these days she finds no person to understand her, so she has to travel back to Munich. After meeting several people, known and unknown, it seems as if there will be no way to go. Written by Benjamin Stello

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Has technical merit, but won't play to western audiences
22 September 2000 | by (Rochester, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Know right from the start that NO PLACE TO GO is definitely NOT the kind of film likely to have a lot of appeal to most western filmgoers. And if you're looking for "the feel-good film of the year," THIS ISN'T IT! It's a hard-hitting tragedy, the type of film that Hollywood greenlighters can't reject FAST enough.

The film is based on the late stages of the life of director Oskar Roehler's mother, prominent German novelist (and devout Leninist) Giseta Elsner. The story begins with the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of Communism in Germany -- events that sent her personal and professional life into a tailspin (her novels had always sold better in communist East Germany than in her native West). She comes across uncannily as a real-life Norma Desmond (from SUNSET BOULEVARD) -- a self-indulgent once-prominent woman with garish tastes who is fighting a losing battle with a major mid-life crisis. For Desmond, the advent of talking pictures meant no roles to play; for Giseta Elsner, the fall of East Germany meant -- no place to go. She tried resettling in the new Berlin, but found herself to be an anachronism who just didn't fit in at all.

Hannelore Elsner (no relation to the real-life character) gives a performance that's every bit as convincing as Gloria Swanson's was as Desmond. And if you're a fan of black-and-white cinematography, I can't recommend Haden Bodganski's work here highly enough (it'll NEVER survive the transition to the small screen, trust me). Like I said, the film is definitely not for everyone, but it's one that I plan to tell a couple of film scholars with whom I have occasional contact with to check out.


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