A journalist from Berlin, Germany, and a Swedish lawyer discover the truth behind the sinking of the "MS Estonia" in 1994, where more than 850 people drowned.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Reuter
Lou Aldryn
Jürgen Schornagel ...
Jan Peters
Barbara Schöne ...
Ingrid Peters
Rein Oja ...
Captain Arvo Kallas
Juri Roos
Tiina Ronk
Mika Galt
Markus Dackel (as Francis Fulton Smith)
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Rock Weber
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Elke Groat
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During the night of 27th to 28th September 1994, the Swedish-Estonian ferry ESTONIA sank in the middle of the Baltic Sea. 852 people lost their lives, only 145 were saved. Until today this has remained the biggest shipping catastrophe in European waters since the end of World War II. JULIA REUTER, a journalist with a leading German television magazine in Berlin, is trying to get a scoop on military black market arms trafficking from Russia. Her investigations lead her to Tallinn in Estonia, where on the evening of September 27, 1994 she misses the ferry ESTONIA, by mere minutes. One of the vehicles on the ship is a truck loaded with high-tech weapons. ERIK WESTERMARK is a Swedish lawyer, who is coming from a sailing trip along the Estonian coast with his 10-year-old son. They were setting off for the return trip back home to Sweden, aboard the ESTONIA. But the ferry doesn't make her port of call. She sinks in the midst of the cold Baltic Sea. Erik Westermark is among the rescued. The ... Written by TOP STORY Filmproduction GmbH

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From beyond a watery grave, a story of secrets and lies.


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The underwater footage really is that of the Estonia, taken during one of Jutta Rabe's expeditions in 2001 See more »


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Much better than others might suggest
15 January 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

To start off I think a lot of the negativity surrounding this movie is because of the touchy subject matter. Were it not such a controversial film it could easily have a rating above six stars.

It is certainly not the best film ever made, Scacchi didn't do a great job as Rabe and the chemistry was not great between her and Prochnow. However, both Sutherland and Prochnow did a good job acting and I also enjoyed Jürgen Schornagel in a smaller role. More than anything however, I enjoyed the feel of this film. The colouring and cinematography seemed to very much fit the mood that the film was trying to achieve. It doesn't have the atmosphere of a big-budget Hollywood movie, which I think would have been completely inappropriate for what the director was trying to convey.

I would certainly give this movie a try, particularly if you are not aware of the incident which this film is based off of and can view it objectively.

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