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The Dead and the Living (2012)

Die Lebenden (original title)
The personal journey of young Sita is not only an expedition into her family's burdened past during World War 2. It is also a journey to the abyss of modern European society, a trip which ... See full summary »


Barbara Albert


Barbara Albert (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Fischer ... Sita
Hanns Schuschnig Hanns Schuschnig ... Gerhard Weiss
August Zirner ... Lenzi Weiss, Sitas Vater
Itay Tiran ... Jocquin
Daniela Sea ... Silver
Winfried Glatzeder ... Michael Weiss
Almut Zilcher Almut Zilcher ... Marianne, Sitas Mutter
Wanja Mues ... Gunther
Emily Cox ... Agnes, Junge Frau in Auschwitz
Kristina Bangert Kristina Bangert ... Gerda Weiss, Lenzis Frau
Lukas Czapski Lukas Czapski ... Archivmitarbeiter in Warschau
Maja Samchanova Maja Samchanova ... Seda
Franciszek 'Franek' Norman Franciszek 'Franek' Norman ... Joshua
Karl Alexander Seidel Karl Alexander Seidel ... Jugendlicher (Raimund) (as Karl-Alexander Seidel)
Leoni Tenius ... Model (Sara)


The personal journey of young Sita is not only an expedition into her family's burdened past during World War 2. It is also a journey to the abyss of modern European society, a trip which takes her from Berlin to Romania via Vienna and Warsaw - about losing one's homeland and discovering oneself, about hope and responsibility. Written by Anonymous

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Die Krähe (Eine Krähe war mit mir)
Music by Franz Schubert
Lyrics by Wilhelm Müller
Performed by August Zirner
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an emotional journey through past
14 May 2013 | by kate-kowalSee all my reviews

Sita is a 25 year old Berliner. Her grandfather is about to turn 95. Sita asks one important question that is going to change her life "What did you do in the war, grand-daddy?". Sita goes on a journey to Warsaw, Vienna and Romania to discover her family's past during war. Some people might say that this move looks very cheap, like the budget spend on was only 1000 euros. But for me it's a very big advantage, cause it makes the whole story looks very realistic, it seems like someone is following Sita with a camera. I decided to see that movie cause i read the plot of it in newspaper, the movie was played during a festival. When i read the plot i thought to myself - i know movies about victims, death camps, life after war, but i've never seen any movie about the other side - the life of children of the occupants. I think that everyone should see the movie and realize that those people, young German generations are not guilty. Unfortunately, the war story keeps the German people like a shadow. It's still alive. On me - as a granddaughter of a victim of war - it made such a big impression and it makes my life so much easier knowing that my grandparents were innocent and they were fighting to protect their own country. When Sita discovers her grandfather's story, suddenly he stops being a beloved granddaddy, he becomes a monster. I can't imagine how sad that feeling is. The actors in this movie are very convincing and the play their characters very well. I also have to mention the soundtrack - it fits the story and highlights the atmosphere in the movie. To sum up, and amazing and shocking story - will stay in mind for a long time. I recommend this movie to everyone.

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German | English | Polish

Release Date:

30 May 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »


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Dolby Digital (5.1)



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1.85 : 1
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