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4 Tage im Mai (2011)

A group of Russian soldiers are sent into Northern Germany at the tail-end of WWII, where they occupy a children's home in close proximity to a larger German unit. Against these odds, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Achim von Borries

Writers:

Achim von Borries (screenplay), Eduard Reznik
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pavel Wenzel Pavel Wenzel ... Peter
Aleksey Guskov ... Hauptmann
Ivan Shvedoff ... Trubizin
Andrey Merzlikin ... Sedych
Sergey Legostaev Sergey Legostaev ... Iwanov
Maksim Kowalewski Maksim Kowalewski ... Fradkin
Grigoriy Dobrygin ... Fedjunin (as Grigory Dobrygin)
Angelina Häntsch ... Anna
Gertrud Roll Gertrud Roll ... Baronin Maria
Petra Kelling Petra Kelling ... Köchin Luise
Merab Ninidze ... Major
Alexander Held Alexander Held ... Oberstleutnant Wald
Martin Brambach Martin Brambach ... Oberleutnant Wendt
Veit Stübner Veit Stübner ... Kapitän
Sylke Langenbeck Sylke Langenbeck ... Vera
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A group of Russian soldiers are sent into Northern Germany at the tail-end of WWII, where they occupy a children's home in close proximity to a larger German unit. Against these odds, a friendship forms between a German orphan and a childless Soviet captain. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

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Country:

Germany | Russia | Ukraine

Language:

Russian | German | English

Release Date:

29 September 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

4 Days in May See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The sad futility of war.
16 September 2013 | by RichardvonLustSee all my reviews

Prussia 1945; 8 million refugees, 5 million raped, 3 million dead and countless personal tragedies. One of the most savage and tragic events of human history. 4 days in May records just one of the fragments that made up this tragedy.

A beach somewhere on the Baltic. A 12 year old boy caught up in the madness of war wants to fight alongside the teenage soldiers who face the relentless Russian advance. And so he neglects to lead the local orphans to the rescue boat and they are all captured by the Soviets.

This production is so magnificently directed, skillfully scripted and beautifully filmed that I should not reveal any more of the story. You simply have to see it. It will grab you from the very first seconds and keep you entirely transfixed until the final emotionally draining frame. It still drew tears even at the third viewing.

And 4 days in May is still highly relevant today. It displays the foundation logic of current German neutrality. War appears so tragic, so insane and so ultimately futile that no sensible person would ever participate in it. But most of all the film shows that there is no good or bad side in war. There are only a few individuals who become deranged through the power they enjoy because of it. Our sympathies are encouraged to all ordinary people involved - whether they are German or Russian, civilian or soldier, young or old. Every school child and young person should be shown this film without delay.


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