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Jan Ole Gerster
Justus von Dohnányi
When a young, defiant Polish resistance fighter is torn from her husband's arms and forced to serve in a secret concentration camp brothel run by the SS, she finds herself fighting for survival, love, and redemption.
In 1944, the fourteen years old teenager Thomas is convoked to fight in the German Army. He survives, but his town is destroyed, his family dies in a bombing and his sweetheart Melanie is raped and murdered by the Russian Army. A Commissar brings the orphan Thomas to Soviet Union, and he is sent to the military school. Years later, Thomas becomes an agent of KGB and in 1962, during the Cold War, he is assigned to work in London. Living with ghosts from the past in constant fear and paranoia, he meets the black Londoner Yvonne, who gives him the strength of joy. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
[Thousands of weary refugees trudge through the deep snow of the road. Young Thomas and Astrid join the trek. They are shocked at the size of the exodus. Astrid stops a woman]
Excuse me, where does this road lead?
It leads westwards, to Frankfurt I think.
[the woman shivers walking on]
[Astrid turns to Thomas who is looking around. They walk on]
I've got relatives in Leipzig, Thomas. I think so long as we head West, we'll be safe. Even if we fall into British or American hands.
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I hired this movie from Love Film, didn't really know what to expect apart from some 2nd world war action. Five minutes in, I had a big smile on my face, the film is brilliant! If like me, you're a 2nd world war / cold war movie fan - you're in for a treat!
The attention to detail is fantastic, from costume to locations and the realisation of war torn Germany as well as the war's aftermath years later in London is flawlessly executed. It's a non- linear story and fluctuates between the protagonist's experiences in WW2 as well as his involvement in the cold war. It's not all war though and there's a really powerful romantic aspect. I would go into more detail about the story but I don't want to give anything away to anyone who hasn't seen it!
All I'll say is you should definitely get your hands on it!
Oh, and Bernadette Heerwagen is hot - loving the bathroom scene ; )
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