At first, Wolfgang Stumph is one of my favorite actors since I watched him in "Go Trabi Go" when I was quite small. This is the "official" movie for his 60th birthday. The result is a movie that is like 1,000 other German TV movies - and, on the other hand, is special. In the last years (and even before) there were enough movies broadcast by German television which were about German family stories in relationship to the eventful history of 20th century Germany. However, this movie marks a new beginning - it is the first German movie which was filmed in the former East Prussia after the German population was expelled between 1944 and 1946. So it can be seen as a sign of the new way of Russian-German relations in the last years. And even Dresden, which is the second city featured in this movie, contains some "new beginning" mentality when the Frauenkirche is shown which was rebuilt for years and reopened some months before.
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