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Distant Lights (2003)
"Lichter" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  31 July 2003 (Germany)
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This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross... See full summary »

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Andrej Liousikov ...
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Sergey Kalantay ...
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Juri Konkov ...
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Peter Obermann ...
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Alice Dwyer ...
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This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross the border illegal to get into Germany, a company wants to build a new factory, a Polish taxi driver desperately needs money to buy his daughter a communion dress, and so on. Written by Benjamin Stello

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It touched and shocked me deeply
26 March 2005 | by (Bad Aibling, Germany) – See all my reviews

It is a slap in the face of all these rich, satisfied, egoistic, first world societies, who think that they are great, know better, and have more rights to live and spend than the poor on the other side of the fence.

We (some students, theatre people etc.) also tried recently to make a realistic feature, in our present times, shot on mini-DV, but this LICHTER is much, much better! I admire its realism, and how it could touch me within very few minutes, holding its tension for the whole time, and really caring for its characters. Believe me, I watch quite a lot of movies, but this does not happen very often.

It is a very sad observation of our economic situation, and the pressure which it forces on normal, small, everyday people. The need to make a living destroys their pride, their hopes, their humanity - and all this happens not far from the "Lights" ("Lichter") of the rich, promised land of wealth, where I live (I am blessed to live here) which is only a small distance away. Only a river to cross, but in fact the distance from poor to rich is nearly impossible to cross.

If you know "Lamerica" from Gianni Amelio or "Dekalog" aka "The Ten commandments" by Krzystof Kieslowski: "Lichter" has some similarities.


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