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The story of young recruits doing their compulsory military service in the East German army 'NVA' prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Frank ... Henrik Heidler
Oliver Bröcker ... Krüger
Detlev Buck ... Oberst Kalt
... Marie Kalt
Annika Kuhl ... Schwester Sonja
Ignaz Kirchner ... Futterknecht
... Aurich
Robert Gwisdek ... Traubewein
Philippe Graber ... Stadlmair
... Mischke
Torsten Michaelis ... Hauptmann Stummel
Uwe Dag Berlin ... Lenk
Ralf Dittrich ... Laucke
... Frau Heidler
... Röntgenschwester Inge
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The story of young recruits doing their compulsory military service in the East German army 'NVA' prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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29 September 2005 (Germany)  »

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NVA - Manöver Schneeflocke  »

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$922,719 (Germany), 30 September 2005
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Finally a military comedy which is not from the USA
21 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

NVA combines eastalgia-humor, military comedy and teen movie. Although it is somehow typically German-movie-like sentimental, I think it's a great and very funny movie. You will not only laugh in NVA but also get a bit of an insight in the Eastern Germany armed forces of the late 1980ies and how the young recruits as well as the professional soldiers experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the German Democratic Republic.

You will enjoy NVA if you liked Sonnenallee (another movie directed by Leander Haußmann), but not necessarily if you enjoyed Good Bye Lenin which is much more serious and less obviously funny.

The acting is acceptable. But watch for former boy band singer Kim Frank who has only two facial expressions: natural and shocked saucer-eyed!


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