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Joy Division (2006)

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A teenage orphan fights against the Red Army at the end of WWII and in the aftermath is 'adopted' by a Commissar. Years later he is sent to London during the Cold war to work for the KGB, where he questions his life.

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Reg Traviss

Writers:

Rosemary Mason (additional writer), Reg Traviss
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Ed Stoppard ... Thomas (older)
Tom Schilling ... Thomas (younger)
Bernadette Heerwagen ... Melanie
Bernard Hill ... Dennis
Lea Mornar ... Astrid
Michelle Gayle ... Yvonne
Sean Chapman ... Harris
Sybille Gebhardt ... Stephanie
Bernard Kay ... Bothringaye
Suzanne von Borsody ... Mother
Ricci Harnett ... Sgt Harry Stone
Levente Törköly Levente Törköly ... Soviet Captain
Marlon Kittel ... Max
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer ... Grandpa
Gyula Benedek Gyula Benedek ... Krivosheyev
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Storyline

In 1944, 14-year-old Thomas is convoked to fight in the German Army. He survives, but his town is destroyed, his family dies in a bombing and his sweetheart Melanie is raped and murdered by the Russian Army. A Commissar brings the orphan Thomas to Soviet Union, and he is sent to the military school. Years later, Thomas becomes an agent of KGB and in 1962, during the Cold War, he is assigned to work in London. Living with ghosts from the past in constant fear and paranoia, he meets the black Londoner Yvonne, who gives him the strength of joy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The past is a place you cannot escape

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Drama | War

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Melanie: [Young Thomas enters the house in his oversized uniform] What are you wearing ? That's not Youth Movement!
Thomas: No - it's the People's Army. All able bodied men between sixteen and sixty have been conscripted.
Melanie: But you're only fourteen!
[Thomas shrugs passively, Melanie is alarmed]
Grandpa: [interupting] A couple of years makes no difference. You know yourself that all the sixteen year olds have gone already!
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clumsy
3 December 2012 | by mcrooney-545-857466See all my reviews

clumsy and heavy handed...I wanted more London and less flashback and the narrative just doesn't work. The rape scenes are really unnecessary and add nothing to the story. Less telling and more showing would have helped this movie. The more I watched the more I fast forwarded through the WW2 scenes (which is weird for me) and shot to the spy / intrigue elements. Funnily enough though after the movie and I had gone our separate ways I still enjoyed the redeeming features, namely, the concepts tackled in the movie - loyalty, the past, control and freedom. Hey who thought to the put the SAME surf rock song in the girlfriend London scenes? Whacky...


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Agent - Zwischen gut und böse See more »

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England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$283,599
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