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Liberated Zone (2003)

Befreite Zone (original title)
A financially devastated German town receives an encouraging boost with the arrival of a popular soccer star, though a heated love triangle threatens to overshadow the good vibes in this ... See full summary »

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Johanna Klante ...
Sylvia Kubicek
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Michael 'Micha' Resser
Annett Renneberg ...
Kerstin
Axel Prahl ...
Rolf Kubicek
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Katja
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Hilmar Eichhorn ...
Otto Resser
Vesseli Georgiev ...
Wassilie Bachtin
Wesselin Georgiew ...
Wassilie Bachtin
Alexander Gregor ...
Fritz
Marie Gruber ...
Inge Resser
Daniela Hoffmann ...
Bärbel Kubicek
Klaus-Dieter Klebsch ...
Herr Walter (as K. Dieter Klebsch)
Katrin Klein ...
Frau Krabowsky
Susanne Lüning ...
Frau Walter
Jacob Matschenz ...
Benny Kubicek
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A financially devastated German town receives an encouraging boost with the arrival of a popular soccer star, though a heated love triangle threatens to overshadow the good vibes in this sexually liberated comedy from filmmaker Norbert Baumgarten. Written by Anonymous

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Jeder mit jedem - alle für sich... (Everyone with everyone - all for themselves...)

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Comedy | Drama

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13 May 2004 (Germany)  »

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In the quarter-final the team plays against VfB Stuttgart. But VfB Stuttgart doesn't plays in blue jerseys. See more »

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National Anthem of Germany
Performed (whistling) by Rolf Kubicek
Written by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
Melody by Joseph Haydn
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A very mediocre film
8 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film revolves around a small town that has a perennially losing football (soccer) team, yet sees its hopes rise when a star is traded to the team. He becomes an instant hit with the townsfolk, who place all their hopes on his shoulders. Alas, it is the nature of sports fame that one is only as good as one's next game and his popularity depends on winning. Will he be good enough to carry the team and win the championship? Set against this backdrop is the love story between a young woman, who is engaged to a successful young businessman, and the soccer star. Without wanting to reveal too much of the story, I will simply say there is more than one philanderer in town. Who ends up with whom? For a comedy, this movie isn't very funny. The plot is not terribly interesting and not many of the characters are sympathetic or likable. Ultimately it is also a little depressing given the fact nothing much positive happens during its course. It is a low budget film as well, though this doesn't necessarily affect it negatively because neither special effects nor big name celebrities are essential to tell the tale.

There are some decent things about the movie that keep it from being a complete waste of time. I did like the glimpse into modern life in East Germany and I like the fact the DVD is presented in German rather than being dubbed. Additionally, karmic reactions provide most of the movie's redeeming values. For example, Sylvia's brother, who exemplifies a young jerk, gets beaten up by the Chinese youth he had bullied. The movie also has an energy and ambition to it that initially hold great promise; unfortunately, the story and pacing don't quite live up to this. The ending is fairly lighthearted, which is welcome, though the "surprise" ending wasn't much of a surprise since it was revealed, albeit very briefly, at the beginning of the movie. I'm not certain why this was done if the intent was to truly provide a surprise.

Finally, it appears the title might be doppeldeutig, referring to both the liberation of the former East Germany from Soviet and Communist control, as well as a sexual liberation of the characters, with interracial, homosexual and adulterous relationships being themes. Whether or not this is the case, the film is not interesting enough to warrant my recommendation.


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