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The Weekend (2012)

Das Wochenende (original title)
After being released from prison, former RAF terrorist Jens Kessler spends his first weekend in freedom with friends from the past; among them are his former lover Inga and her husband. As ... See full summary »

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Nina Grosse

Writers:

Nina Grosse (screenplay), Bernhard Schlink (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sebastian Koch ... Jens Kessler
Katja Riemann ... Inga Lansky
Sylvester Groth ... Henner Borchard
Tobias Moretti ... Ulrich Lansky
Barbara Auer ... Tina Kessler
Elisa Schlott ... Doro Lansky
David Bredin ... Fischer
Robert Gwisdek Robert Gwisdek ... Gregor Lansky
Holger Doellmann Holger Doellmann ... Gefängnisbeamter
Ulrike von Lenski Ulrike von Lenski ... Fleischverkäuferin (as Fanny Rose)
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After being released from prison, former RAF terrorist Jens Kessler spends his first weekend in freedom with friends from the past; among them are his former lover Inga and her husband. As the tension mounts, it takes only one spark to trigger an eruption of hostility. Written by Global Screen GmbH (world sales)

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Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

11 April 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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UFA Fiction See more »
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2.35 : 1
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a solid drama
14 April 2013 | by dragokinSee all my reviews

This is another solid drama based on a Bernhard Schlink novel. Similar to The Reader (2008) the protagonists are confronted with the consequences of what they've done and what they should or shouldn't have done.

Das Wochenende chooses the story or RAF (German leftist terrorist group) as it's historical background. This somewhat forgotten chapter of recent German history is obviously not as potent as The Reader's WWII burden. The movie lacks any explicit or scandalous content, leaving us with the story and a strong performance of all cast members. Nina Grosse uses these as a tool to confidently carve out the film's niche in the given artistic framework.

The film starts with a former RAF member leaving prison after a lengthy sentence carrying some personal belongings and a couple of German Marks. Welcomed by his sister, he spends a weekend in the country with some old friends. During the weekend he'll encounter the world of Germany within the EU with it's new currency and consumer mentality.

With increasing tension the protagonists reveal more of their true selves. They are to learn more about themselves and their relationships.


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