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An East German Mike Leigh?
mikyle from Berlin, Germany
19 March 2005
Andreas Dresen's precise touch for achingly realistic East German drama
doesn't fail in "Willenbrock". Magdeburg's urban scenery is modern and
cold, the characters are hopelessly human, the situations and dialogs
are sadly comic at times, and suspense is everywhere.
Axel Prahl (again!) and Inka Friedrich shine effortlessly as the well
adapted well-off couple, with all their little and not so little
troubles and secrets. Lovely, if it weren't a bit depressing.
After the touching "Halbe Treppe", "Willenbrock" is another hint that
Andreas Dresen might just become an East German Mike Leigh. Concerned
with small town real people, not always consistent in story and
quality, but true to reality and always trusting his actors, which he
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