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Paths in the Night (1999)

Wege in die Nacht (original title)
An unemployed ex-bureaucrat by day becomes mentor to two young vigilantes at night.


Andreas Kleinert


Johann Bergk
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Credited cast:
Hilmar Thate ... Walter
Cornelia Schmaus Cornelia Schmaus ... Sylvia
Henriette Heinze Henriette Heinze ... Gina
Dirk Borchardt ... Rene
Ingeborg Westphal Ingeborg Westphal ... Kellnerin
Daniela Hoffmann Daniela Hoffmann ... Sylvias Kollegin
Alexander Höchst Alexander Höchst ... Autodiebe
Roman Leitner Roman Leitner ... Autodieb
Thomas Wendrich Thomas Wendrich ... Randalierer
Misel Maticevic ... Randalierer
Holger Patzwald Holger Patzwald ... Randalierer
Jörg Panknin Jörg Panknin ... Watchman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Anke Andreas Anke
Eckhard Bilz Eckhard Bilz
Sebastian Butz Sebastian Butz


An unemployed ex-bureaucrat by day becomes mentor to two young vigilantes at night.

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The use of productive violence is imperative in our human society.
23 September 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Andreas Kleinert is a highly unusual soul of German cinema.He is one of those few German filmmakers whose sympathies lie with lonely,marginal characters who are trying to make sense of their lives by finding a suitable place in a new reunified Germany.These marginal souls are scared of a Germany where jobs are scare and human beings are falling apart due to lack of human values.His debut film "Neben der Zeit" (outside time) spoke of some marginalized characters whose lives were ruined by economic policies of German state.Andreas Kleinert can be likened to Werner Herzog but there is a risk.The giant of German new cinema movement Wener Herzog is more interested in marginal characters as they are vital for the fulfillment of his eccentric vision.This is not the case with Andreas Kleinert as he uses marginal characters for strengthening the narrative structure of his films."Wege in die Nacht" is a film that brings to mind German expressionism.One can be useful to a society even at an old age.This seems to be the most befitting message of this film."Wege in die Nacht" is the story of Walter,an industrial employee from east Germany who is finding it difficult to live in a post reunification Germany.It is for the first time that violence has been depicted in a positive manner in a German film.This is the principal virtue of "Wege in die Nacht".

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Filmgalerie 451 [Germany]





Release Date:

25 November 1999 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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