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Spielzeugland (2007)

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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a maternal instinct..
12 July 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Spielzeugland

4 And A Half Out Of 5

Spielzeugland is a plot driven short feature about a kid whose dream to visit an imaginative land and the catastrophe it breeds for the mother. The combination of fragile and destructive energy had never blended or compared to this extent, especially when it is fueled by the unseen force which is depicted metaphorically in multiple ways.

It is rich on technical aspects like production design, editing and background score although the cinematography could have been a lot better, but it's a minor and a feasible flaw in this stunning masterpiece. The writing is smart, layered and adaptive that grows as it starts aging on screen and something that won't leave the audience even after the curtain drops; a though-provoking concept.

The stunning camera work, morale conflicts, unfathomable intense drama and its eerie perspective are the high points of the features the helps elevate the momentum of the sequence. The screenplay by Bunners and Freydank is poetic with just the right amount of emotional touch that never overpowers the essential plot on screen and still manages to drive the whole feature with it.

Jochen Alexander Freydank; the co-writer and director, has done an amazing work on executing the anticipated vision on screen whose impact leaves an endearing scar among the audience. It is scored majestically on the performance objective by Julia Jager whose portrayal helps convey the emotions out fluently.

Spielzeugland is a maternal instinct gone wrong, projected at such a critical point, that no one possesses the potential to question it.


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