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The Red Cockatoo (2006)
"Der rote Kakadu" (original title)

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A coming-of-age story set in Germany in the 1960s. Siggi becomes involved in a love triangle when he falls for Luise, but the tightening political climate forces him to make a fateful decision.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Siggi
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Luise
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Wolle
Ingeborg Westphal ...
Tante Hedy
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Hurwitz
Kathrin Angerer ...
Frau Männchen
Tanja Schleiff ...
Rena
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Kleiner Lewerenz (as Volker Zack Michalowski)
Klaus Manchen ...
Großer Lewerenz
Heiko Senst ...
Arne
Nadja Petri ...
KGB
Lutz Teschner ...
Funktionär
Felix Mödl ...
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Bassist
Ljubisa Ristic ...
Miro
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In April 1961, in Dresden, the teenager Siggi meets the aspirant poetess Luise in a park and falls in love with her. He befriends her husband, the womanizer worker Wolle, to be close to Luise. Siggi smuggles porcelain objects that belonged to his parents to West Berlin to sell and make money to go to a night-club with Wolle and his friends. Meanwhile, the totalitarian system increases the repression of the youngsters and Wolle is arrested by the dictatorial regime. Siggi publishes Luise's poems and she is arrested. Siggi assumes the blame to release Luise but when he is chased by the Stasi, he calls Luise to go with him to the West Germany. Luise promises to meet him but she would bring Wolle with her. On 13 August 1961, the German Democrat Republic begins building the Berlin Wall. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Excellent film - But English subtitles please!
26 June 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I am English and live in London, UK. Alas, I don't speak German and I'm now too old to learn. The DVD, which contains interesting extra features, is entirely in German and contains no English SUBTITLES. This is a characteristic of many German films now on DVD. Could I make a plea to German film makers to provide English and other foreign language subtitles for their DVDs. Now we have the Internet your films can reach a worldwide audience. You'll increase sales and the money can go to making more films!

This movie is beautifully made and acted and the plot looks intriguing. But many of subtleties were lost on me because of the language problems. So please can the film makers produce a new edition of the DVD that caters to a worldwide audience. You'll benefit, too!


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