Berlin, 1989. Sascha is a young East German border guard and Franzi is a lively young West German woman who's just moved into a flat next to Sascha's watchtower at the Berlin Wall. It takes... See full summary »
Berlin, 1989. Sascha is a young East German border guard and Franzi is a lively young West German woman who's just moved into a flat next to Sascha's watchtower at the Berlin Wall. It takes only a slight mishap and a selfless act of chivalry and the two fall in love. But soon the Stasi believes they are witnessing the start of a revolt. This is the time of mass protests and East Germans taking refuge in the West German embassy in Prague after all. Franzi and Sascha have to find their ways to stand up for their love and strive for the impossible; to bring down the wall. Written by
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I haven't posted anything in a while, but this is too much of a nuisance to let it slip. Made with tax money scraped from half a dozen public institutions, soon to be force-fed to the fee-ridden audience of national public television, and no doubt eventually to be screened in schools, this soap opera, about the last days of East Berlin, is a complete waste of time and money. The GDR is portrayed as a quirky theme park run by clueless communist goons. Each and every character is given up to ridicule. "Beloved Berlin Wall" fails both as a period piece and as a love story. Small surprise the writer-director's previous experience is in toddler fodder like "My Brother is a Dog" or "Rudy, the Racing Pig". The leggy lead was the only thing that kept me from walking out. To make things worse, the theatrical cut is at least half an hour too long. While that's easy to fix, the movie itself is beyond salvation. When the closing credits finally roll, it's as big a relief as the Iron Curtain coming down.
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