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Sierra Leone (1987)

After spending three prosperous years doing field installation work in West Africa, Fred returns home to his old neighborhood, an industrial region on the outskirts of a major city. His wife Rita has started a new life.

Director:

Uwe Schrader
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yekta Arman Yekta Arman ... Vertreter
Mehmet Bademsoy Mehmet Bademsoy ... Hochzeitsgast
Gottfried Breitfuss Gottfried Breitfuss ... Benno
Nikolaus Dutsch Nikolaus Dutsch ... Tankwart
Hans-Eckart Eckhardt ... Helmut
Constanze Engelbrecht Constanze Engelbrecht ... Rita
András Fricsay Kali Son András Fricsay Kali Son ... Theo
Peter Gavajda Peter Gavajda ... Vertreter
Ann-Gisel Glass Ann-Gisel Glass ... Alma
Manfred Goetting Manfred Goetting ... Manfred
Gabi Herpers Gabi Herpers ... Veras Freundin
Bettina Martell Bettina Martell ... Sekretärin
Richard Matke Richard Matke ... Hotelier
Krikor Melikyan ... Michael
Heinz-Rudolf Müller Heinz-Rudolf Müller ... Heinz
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After spending three prosperous years doing field installation work in West Africa, Fred returns home to his old neighborhood, an industrial region on the outskirts of a major city. His wife Rita has started a new life.

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

21 January 1988 (West Germany) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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fünf easy pieces
3 January 2011 | by Michael NeumannSee all my reviews

In what might be described as the German answer to 'Five Easy Pieces' a restless blue-collar adventurer returns to Europe after a self-imposed three-year exile in Africa, only to find little changed at home, least of all himself. His wife is apathetic, his factory buddies are resentful of his independence, and his future is defined by little more than the four walls of a shabby skid row hotel and idle attention of a streetwise teenage waif with few illusions and even less ambition. Viewers familiar with Wim Wenders' moody urban angst will recognize here the similar post-midnight entropy and alienation afflicting nearly every character, none of whom is entirely sympathetic. In only his second feature director Uwe Schrader manages to capture all the aimless desperation of boredom, but without the usual inertia, and his film moves swiftly even when it isn't going anywhere.


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