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Generation War 

Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter (original title)
TV-MA | | Action, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (2013)
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Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas.
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Series cast summary:
Volker Bruch ...  Wilhelm Winter 3 episodes, 2013
Tom Schilling ...  Friedhelm Winter 3 episodes, 2013
Katharina Schüttler ...  Greta 3 episodes, 2013
Miriam Stein ...  Charlotte 3 episodes, 2013
Ludwig Trepte ...  Viktor Goldstein 3 episodes, 2013
Mark Waschke ...  Dorn 3 episodes, 2013
Henriette Richter-Röhl ...  Hildegard 3 episodes, 2013
Götz Schubert ...  Dr. Jahn 3 episodes, 2013
Hildegard Schroedter ...  Oberschwester 3 episodes, 2013
Christiane Paul ...  Lilja 2 episodes, 2013
Sylvester Groth ...  Hiemer 2 episodes, 2013
Alina Levshin ...  Alina 2 episodes, 2013
Lucas Gregorowicz Lucas Gregorowicz ...  Jerzy 2 episodes, 2013
Maxim Mehmet ...  Hauptmann Feigl 2 episodes, 2013
Adam Markiewicz Adam Markiewicz ...  Stanislawski 2 episodes, 2013
Johanna Gastdorf ...  Friedhelms Mutter 2 episodes, 2013
Peter Kremer Peter Kremer ...  Vater Winter 2 episodes, 2013
Trystan Pütter ...  Bertok 2 episodes, 2013
David Zimmerschied ...  Schneider 2 episodes, 2013
Joel Basman ...  Bartel 2 episodes, 2013
Anne Diemer Anne Diemer ...  Dorns Frau 2 episodes, 2013
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Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe - and that will forever change them as well. Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm is off to the eastern front with his younger brother Friedhelm, a sensitive dreamer more interested in literature than warfare. Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte, a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Wehrmacht, also on the eastern front. While Greta is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, her Jewish boyfriend Viktor still cannot convince his parents to leave Germany... Valor and courage come to the fore, but also betrayal - of values, beliefs, humanity. Friedhelm turns into a soulless killing machine... Wilhelm deserts his troops and is court-martialed... Charlotte's Nazi ideology crumbles when she betrays a Jewish nurse helping the German army... Greta obtains papers for Viktor's escape by selling herself to an SS colonel. They and millions of ... Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 March 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,486, 31 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,116, 23 March 2014
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(part 2) | (part 1)

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Color

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16 : 9
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The series has been widely condemned for inaccurate and near racist scenes painting the few Polish characters in the series as being the most anti-Semitic. This includes members of the Armia Krajowa (AK) or Home Army, a force allied and fighting against Germany. See more »

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Brilliant, though somewhat flawed
6 November 2013 | by yiapapSee all my reviews

Let me begin by stating that my grandfather (a civilian) was executed by the German occupation forces so I know quite a few things about Nazi atrocities. Let me also add that I understand all the negative reviews given by Poles.

That being said... This was a piece a brilliant viewing! I think that it captures the essence of what war can do to people's souls. I do not agree that Germans were portrayed in a positive or neutral light as there were quite a few characters who were corrupt and evil from the beginning. In addition, the tone of the film is depressing from the start even during the time when Nazi Germany was jubilant. I especially liked Friedhelm's character and how he turns from a pacifist to a soulless murderer, only to rediscover his humane side as the end of the war came near and eventually act on this rediscovery at the very end.

As many reviewers pointed out and I can't disagree, the main flaw is the portraying of almost all Poles (except one girl) as antisemitic to put it mildly. Apart from that it does show at least three in a positive light. One of them, the leader of an AK resistance cell stands out as honorable, almost heroic, even if he is flawed. But so are the German characters, and the Russians. So what? This is the true human nature after all!

Technically, the film is also brilliant. I consider the comparison to Band of Brothers (even though they are VERY different in context) to be a great compliment given the fact that this series had a fraction of BoB's budget.

The performances of the main characters ranged from excellent (Tom Schilling) to acceptable. What really strikes me is that nobody has mentioned the second line of characters who were stunning and gave the series much needed depth.

All in all, this is not a documentary about WW2 or the Holocaust. It is not a hero-based mega-budget production like Band Of Brothers. It is however a good story, remarkably well filmed, about five specific Germans during the climax and end of WWII. Watch it as such and I'm certain you will enjoy it!


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