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The Day I Was Not Born (2010)

Das Lied in mir (original title)
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During a stopover in Buenos Aires on her way to Chile, 31-year-old Maria recognizes a nursery rhyme. Maria doesn't speak a work of Spanish, but without understanding what she is singing, ... See full summary »

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Florian Cossen (as Florian Micoud Cossen)

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Florian Cossen (as Florian Micoud Cossen), Elena von Saucken
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Credited cast:
Jessica Schwarz ... Maria Falkenmayer
Michael Gwisdek ... Anton Falkenmayer
Rafael Ferro ... Alejandro
Beatriz Spelzini Beatriz Spelzini ... Estela
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfredo Castellani ... Hugo
Marcela Ferrari Marcela Ferrari ... Ana
Carlos Portaluppi ... Jorge
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During a stopover in Buenos Aires on her way to Chile, 31-year-old Maria recognizes a nursery rhyme. Maria doesn't speak a work of Spanish, but without understanding what she is singing, she remembers the Spanish lyrics. Disturbed and thrown off course, she decides to interrupt her journey and wander through the unfamiliar city. On the phone to Germany, she tells her father, Anton, about her experience and the peculiar fascination the unfamiliar city has had for her. Two days later, Anton suddenly turns up at Maria's hotel with something to confess: Maria spent the first three years of her life in Buenos Aires during the military dictatorship at the end of the 1970s. The people she had always thought were her parents had adopted her and brought her to Germany. Father and daughter begin a journey in search of Maria's biological parents. Anton does everything he can not to lose his daughter. Written by Anonymous

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great movie of how history can return to haunt you!
16 April 2011 | by Kinhaken18See all my reviews

I have been going to the Audi festival of German Films for a few years now and i was able to catch this film in this years run of the fest, here in Melbourne.

I wont touch on the plot too much as it can be found in the full summary on the main page of the film. What i will say is yes the base story has been done many times, and even with that said this is still uniquely brilliant. Why? well here why i think so.... The movies director Florian Micoud Cossen who also wrote the movie with Elena von Saucken, clearly researched extensively for the writing and making of this film they captured the diverse personalities of buenos Aires city, Argentinians perfectly from the hotel desk clerk to the kiosk owner to the hard to deal with lazy woman police officer, to the talkative joking police man and family culture. This movie made a lot of us laugh in the screening as some of the things said in Spanish were so spot on as to what an Argentinian would say to family or even to a cute girl tourist you would meet at a cafe or hostel. Even a popular kids character Topo Gigio in toy form makes an appearance.

The acting is spot on and real the main character played by Jessica Schwarz is excellent, her character is not a naive character which is a trait found in actresses that have been cast in similar roles in other movies. Her character is very strong willed and independent. The acting is flawless by all in this movie it feels and looks natural not forced in any way.

This is not a fancy polished Hollywood style movie in fact from what a spokesperson said before the movie its the directors debut and from what i saw i will be keeping my eye open for further films from the director and the acting cast. This movie really leaves you thinking and as someone who knows a lot about south American and European history, one cant help but see that sometimes their are no happy endings in the lives of those affected by atrocities of political nature we can only embrace the future with hope and keep going forward no matter were we are from.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | Argentina

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German | Spanish

Release Date:

10 February 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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$1,294,340
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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