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Meier (1986)

Satirical comedy about an East German citizen who manages to acquire a West Germany passport and go to live in the West, only to find that not all is gold that glitters.

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Rainer Grenkowitz ... Meier
Nadja Engelbrecht ... Lore
Thomas Bestvater ... Erwin
Alexander Hauff ... Kalle
René Grams ... Klausi
Horst Pinnow ... Kuno
Susanne Schiffmann-Grabe ... Ulla
Dagmar Biener ... Moni
Joachim Kemmer ... Kretschmar
Dieter Hildebrandt ... Waiter
Wolfgang Nusche ... Uncle Werner
Edith Teichmann ... Aunt Inge
Jürgen Klauß ... Comrade Liebmann (as Jürgen Klauss)
Ilse Ranft ... Comrade Struntz
Kurt Ackermann ... Oberst
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Satirical comedy about an East German citizen who manages to acquire a West Germany passport and go to live in the West, only to find that not all is gold that glitters.

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Light comedy with the joke on Honecker
16 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

An East German uses an inheritance to buy himself a West German passport. However he can't keep away from his East German friends. As with all the best comedies, the action builds up to an eventual crisis.

So it's a light comedy, with nothing bad or very good about it. In particular, the acting is good, but not outstanding. However the film is very political, preferring capitalist glitz to communist squalor. The best moment comes when the hero is asked whether he is West German or East German and he replies "gesamtdeutsch", which I would guess translates as "all-German". I left feeling what a total obscenity that stupid Wall was.

I should say that I only wrote this review because nobody else seems to have bothered. My German is still pretty basic and I expect I missed quite a lot.


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