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Dein unbekannter Bruder (1982)

A communist is released from prison in 1935 Hamburg. He tries to link up with the Party again, but is unsure as to who he can trust, and has difficulty adjusting to life in Nazi Germany.

Director:

Ulrich Weiß

Writers:

Willi Bredel (novel), Wolfgang Trampe
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Cast

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Uwe Kockisch Uwe Kockisch ... Arnold
Michael Gwisdek ... Walter
Jenny Gröllmann ... Renate
Bohumil Vávra Bohumil Vávra ... Deisen
Karin Gregorek Karin Gregorek ... Fräulein Fritsche
Martin Seifert Martin Seifert ... Karl
Michael Gerber Michael Gerber ... Stefan
Arno Wyzniewski Arno Wyzniewski ... Geheimdienstmann
Stefan Lisewski Stefan Lisewski ... Diewen
Gerry Wolff Gerry Wolff ... Dr. Stammberger
Carl-Hermann Risse Carl-Hermann Risse ... Parteisekretär
Peter Dommisch Peter Dommisch ... Harmsen
Alfred Struwe Alfred Struwe ... Staatsrat Diestelkamp
Carl Heinz Choynski Carl Heinz Choynski ... Meister Pöller
Gerd Michael Henneberg Gerd Michael Henneberg ... Kommissar Bolten
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A communist is released from prison in 1935 Hamburg. He tries to link up with the Party again, but is unsure as to who he can trust, and has difficulty adjusting to life in Nazi Germany.

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Nazi Germany 1935. Inside the Resistance.

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Drama

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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

14 May 1982 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Your Unknown Brother See more »

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Some style; little substance
2 November 2006 | by Andy44See all my reviews

I wouldn't pan this quite as much as gunnarvl, but he's right about the plot, which is insubstantial to a ridiculous degree. There's a bit of suspense, and occasional connections from one scene to another, but mostly it's scenes ,dialog, and characters that never develop much individually or collectively.

The only things that kept me watching to the end were the anticipation of some improvement in the plot (didn't happen), and the realistic settings. I wondered where they were able to film what seemed to be 1930's era buildings and streets; I see now it was made in East Germany before 1982. Probably wasn't hard to find places that hadn't changed much since the 30s.

I usually like movies that are subtle or ambiguous, or both, but this one carried those characteristics so far I was longing for a chase, a shootout, some sex, anything.

Hitchcock or somebody said films are life without the boring bits. This movie was life without the exciting bits.


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