Family Struutz lives in Bitterfeld (GDR). After the fall of the wall, they take the opportunity to go on holiday with their car, an old Trabant. They simply want to visit Italy. But there ...
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The Struutz family return from holidays after the fall of the Berlin Wall to find their home being bulldozed to make way for a golf course. It gets worse when Udo inherits a nearly-bankrupt... See full summary »
This lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting.
Josef von Báky
Family Struutz lives in Bitterfeld (GDR). After the fall of the wall, they take the opportunity to go on holiday with their car, an old Trabant. They simply want to visit Italy. But there are some incidents during their journey. Written by
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Because no one thought of shooting a 'Making of' or something similar, Wolfgang Stumph allowed the production company to use private video tapes he had shot on the set in 1990 for the "Behind the Scenes" material on the DVD release of this movie and its sequel. See more »
No one knows it, but it is one of my favorite films
This movie is one of my favorite films because I also come from East Germany and I like Trabis! If you don't know a Trabi: "Trabi" is the short form of "Trabant", a little car that nearly Everyone had in the GDR, even it was not very comfortable. Udo Struutz, the main character of the film, loves his Trabi, calls it "Schorsch" and treats him like a real family member. So in the first summer after the Berlin Wall has fallen he travels to Naples with his wife Rita and their 17-year-old daughter Jacqueline. Their guide is "Italienische Reise" (Italian Voyage) by the famous German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from the year 1787. Of course their holidays are not without complications. The fact of the film that I really find fascinating is that it is not shot in a later time as other "Wende" films like Good Bye Lenin, but it is really from that time (it was shot in Summer 1990) and so it catches the real wall fall feeling - the neighbors in GDR who have now all cars from the west and laugh about Udo and his Trabi; Rita's sister and her family in West Germany who make a business out of the fall of the Iron Curtain (they rent out their caravan to refugees from Eastern Europe), or Udo himself who tries to speak Russian to the people in Rome. And I also like the music, which contains lots of styles, from girlie pop over rock to techno. I give the movie nine points.
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