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Stopped on Track (2011)

Halt auf freier Strecke (original title)
When Frank is diagnosed with incurable brain tumor, he's got only a few months to live. Along with his wife, he doesn't know how and when to tell their children about it. Meanwhile, Frank's health is getting worse with each day.

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Steffi Kühnert ...
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Talisa Lilly Lemke ...
Lilli Lange (as Talisa Lilli Lemke)
Mika Seidel ...
Mika Lange (as Mika Nilson Seidel)
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Marie Rosa Tietjen ...
Simones Schwester
Otto Mellies ...
Christine Schorn ...
Franks Mutter
Bernhard Schütz ...
Stefan
Thorsten Merten ...
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Petra Anwar ...
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Uwe Träger ...
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Elke Unmüssig ...
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Brunhilde Sauer-Baur ...
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When Frank is diagnosed with incurable brain tumor, he's got only a few months to live. Along with his wife, he doesn't know how and when to tell their children about it. Meanwhile, Frank's health is getting worse with each day.

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The doctor in the first scene of the film is a real-life doctor, the scene was shot in his actual office and the phone call he receives is also real. See more »

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Love and Mercy
Music and Lyrics by Eugene Landy and Brian Wilson
Performed by Milan Peschel
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Intimate and gruelling
29 April 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Most films about people undergoing a slow death have an inevitable sentimentality about them. It's a feeling I resist and then fall for – like eating too much chocolate. Not so Stopped on Track, a new German film. It's about a man, Frank, who is diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. It's gruelling and true. It combines all the wretchedness, tedium and sadness that accompanies a slow death. And I think the audience feels these three qualities in equal measure, with a couple of light moments thrown in. It is about a journey – the most universal of journeys and one that we often resist seeing up close and slow. Very powerful. Great acting. I did not feel emotionally manipulated, just very sad. And a bit bored at times – which felt appropriate.

I felt there was some irony at the expense of the health profession. Their capacity to do anything in the face of his dying and the terrible burden this placed on his family seemed limited in the extreme, and their words felt kind but hollow. I doubt that this was the intention of the director, Andreas Dresen, who also made Cloud Nine – a film I really liked at MIFF a couple of years ago. In this film, he used a mix of professional actors and these real-life health professionals, and much of the dialogue was improvised as the filming took place.

One aspect that I liked was that Frank used a mobile phone to records short bursts about himself and to capture his family reacting to him. This mini film within a film not only gave us insights into how he was feeling but mimicked, for me, the fragments of memory that you retain of someone who has died. This is an intimate and authentic film.


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