This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross...
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This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross the border illegal to get into Germany, a company wants to build a new factory, a Polish taxi driver desperately needs money to buy his daughter a communion dress, and so on.Written by
I'm not exactly sure why but this film just hit me right at the heart and hasn't left me since I left the cinema (which has been more than a year now). I completely disagree with the review that's on the title page at the moment in almost every point. He says the film was too busy... I say it was authentic and seeing the making of it makes you realize how the "busy" camera was mainly due to the fact that the actors had a lot of room for improvisation which you can tell when you see the film.
He also said that he thought that the mattress episode was pointless. I found it really really moving. And Devid Striesow just acts incredibly well (He doesn't act like an actor but like a real person which is something you have to get used to at first but then it's so rewarding to watch!)
I also think that the parallel way of storytelling worked really well and it wasn't hard to follow the plots at all. I'm actually proud that films like this one are made in Germany and this is just so much better than the average big-budget Hollywood film. The mood it creates is so tense, depressing and yet hopeful. It is definitely one of my favourite movies.
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