In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ...
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This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. The film deals with the desire to ... See full summary »
Jan Ole Gerster
Justus von Dohnányi
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Five friends spend their holidays on a faraway island in the sea. On the last day of the holidays, out of the blue, Björn informs his friends that he will not return home but intends to ... See full summary »
Thierry van Werveke
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls, seeing this as his ticket out of factory life to university and a good salary. During his year in seventh column (fifth form), this innocence is altered as Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code. His friendship with Albrecht, the ascetic son of the area's governor, is central to this education; a night in the forest hunting for escaped Russian POWs brings things to a head. Written by
NaPolA is the acronym for "National-politische Erziehungs-Anstalt" or "National Political Education Institute". See more »
During Friedrich's glider flight, his helmet is securely strapped at the start but is shown unstrapped a few seconds later. He kept both hands on the glider's yoke. See more »
[reading from his essay]
"As childish as it sounds, the winter time and the sight of freshly fallen snow always fill us with inexplicable joy. Perhaps because as children, we associated it with Christmas. I always imagine myself the hero who killed dragons, rescued virgins, and freed the world from evil. As we went out yesterday to find the prisoners, I felt like that little boy who wanted to save the world."
But as we returned, I understood that I am part of the evil that I ...
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Before watching this film I checked the comments first on IMDb, and I already expected to see a good movie, but when this film was ended I was left absolutely astonished and I was staring into the nothing for the next 30 minutes thinking about it.
This film is absolutely a great masterpiece. The storyline, the things that happen in this film, the cruelty of some characters completely blew me away and made me forgot my average life for quite some time.
This movie will be one of mine all time favorites, if you can get your hands on this movie, go see it!
This film is one of the most underrated films on IMDb, it's great! absolutely amazing I can't say it enough.
10/10, no doubt about that.
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