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Toyland (2007)

Spielzeugland (original title)
TV-PG | | Short, Drama, War | 2008 (USA)
A German mother lies to her son about where the Nazis are sending their Jewish neighbors.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Julia Jäger Julia Jäger ... Marianne Meißner
Cedric Eich Cedric Eich ... Heinrich Meißner
Tamay Bulut Özvatan Tamay Bulut Özvatan ... David Silberstein
Torsten Michaelis Torsten Michaelis ... Herr Silbertein
Claudia Hübschmann Claudia Hübschmann ... Frau Silberstein
David Bunners ... SS-Obersturmführer Falke (as David C. Bunners)
Gregor Weber Gregor Weber ... SS-Mann Werner
Jürgen Trott Jürgen Trott ... Schutzpolizist
Klaus-Jürgen Steinmann Klaus-Jürgen Steinmann ... Blockwart
Heike Reichenwallner Heike Reichenwallner ... Nachbarin
Matthias Paul Matthias Paul ... Gestapo Mann
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Storyline

On a winter morning, a mother goes to waken her son Heinrich; his bed is empty. She leaves her flat to find him. The neighbors' door, with a Star of David painted on it, is ajar, the furnishings in disarray, the family gone. She asks passersby, runs to the police then on to the rail yard. Flashbacks show that Heinrich and the neighbors' son Paul are six years old and best friends. Paul's family's deportation is expected soon; Heinrich's mother tells her son that they're going to Toyland. Heinrich wants to go with them, has a bag packed, and listens for their departure. His mother realizes he's joined them, and her resolve becomes more urgent. Will she arrive in time to save Heinrich? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Toyland See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Production Co:

Mephisto Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This short film is available as a bonus on the Film Movement DVD of Storm (2009). See more »

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Good filmmakers don't need a feature to make powerful movies
16 February 2009 | by anhedoniaSee all my reviews

"Toyland" is a film that works so brilliantly that it managed to be powerful, thought-provoking and even gut-wrenching than most Hollywood films that are 8 to 10 times longer. With sparse dialogue, director Jochen Alexander Freydank keeps us hooked throughout this superb short film.

Set during the Holocaust, a German woman frantically searches for her son, who might have decided to accompany his Jewish neighbors to a Nazi concentration camp because the Jewish family's young son and her son are best friends.

The film is elegantly shot and wonderfully acted. There is more poignancy and true emotion in this film than I have seen in most Hollywood films in recent times.

Director Freydank moves his story along, with us always wondering not only what comes next but how this is going to end. And then comes the denouement: A truly remarkable twist that says much about the human spirit. It is a moment that will break your heart while simultaneously make you smile.

If you have the chance to see this, and the other Oscar-nominated live action shorts, do yourself a favor and watch them. Believe me, it will be time much better spent than, say, on "New In Town" or most any other mainstream Hollywood film.


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