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This Ain't California (2012)

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This Ain't California is a celebration of the lust for life, a contemporary documentary trip into the world of roller boarding in the German Democratic Republic. A coming-of-age tale of three teenagers and their passionate love for a sport on the crumbling tarmac of the streets in the German Democratic Republic, which was considered very ill-fitting. The punk fairy tale is a story of the subversive powers of fun in that part of Germany, which had lost touch with its citizens. The film follows its three heroes from their childhood in the seventies through their teenage rebellion in the eighties, ending in the last summer of their life in the German Democratic Republic in 1989, when their life changed forever, and follows them to 2011. Written by Anonymous

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1st movie to get the feeling of the former GDR right
15 August 2012 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I grew up in the former GDR (East Germany) and I am about the same age as the skaters in the movie.

There have been quite a few movies about that time. None got it right in my opinion. Some portrait it as a dull place - some exaggerated it as a comedy.

So, this movie about the Skater scene in East Germany is very close to how life was at the time (as far as I can trust my memories). It is a movie about young people that share the passion for skateboarding. They have to live with the boundaries of the GDR.

Also interesting, it tells a clear story but on the other hand it is a documentary as well.

Besides, I also liked how the movie is made. The pictures, the music, the cuts, ... it simply fits.


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