She Can See Her Future, But Can't Escape Her Past.

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Heide Schwochow (screenplay), Julia Franck (novel)
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Jördis Triebel ... Dr. Nelly Senff
Tristan Göbel Tristan Göbel ... Alexej Senff
Jacky Ido ... John Bird - CIA-Agent
Anja Antonowicz Anja Antonowicz ... Krystyna Jablonowska (as Anna Antonowicz)
Ryszard Ronczewski ... Jakub - Krystynas Vater
Andreas Nickl Andreas Nickl ... Gerd Becker
Polina Voskresenskaya Polina Voskresenskaya ... Jelena
Alexander Scheer ... Hans Pischke
Hendrik Arnst Hendrik Arnst ... Pförtner Neumann
Michael Benthin Michael Benthin ... Arthur Wilhelm
Tatjana Berges Tatjana Berges ... Großmutter von Jelena
Angelika Böttiger Angelika Böttiger ... Dame vom ärztlichen Dienst
Winnie Böwe ... Susanne
Indre Bogdan Indre Bogdan ... Frau mit roten Haaren
Diana Maria Breuer Diana Maria Breuer ... Beamtin 1 (as Diana-Maria Breuer)
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Storyline

East Germany. Summer, late 70's. Three years after her boyfriend Wassilij's apparent death, Nelly Senff decides to escape from behind the Berlin wall with her son Alexej, leaving her traumatic memories and past behind. Pretending to marry a West German, she crosses the border to start a new life in the West. But soon her past starts to haunt her as the Allied Secret Service begin to question Wassilij's mysterious disappearance. Is he still alive? Was he a spy? Plagued by her past and fraught with paranoia, Nelly is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow. Written by Main Street Films

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Can you leave everything behind See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for a sex scene, brief nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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German censorship visa # 142704 on 6-1-2014. See more »

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References I'm Shy, But I'll Heal (1978) See more »

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East vs. West
26 January 2015 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

A document of a time passed by. And while I don't think this feels to dated (if you let yourself into the mood and time when the movie playing), you will like what you see. It's a story about people trying to survive, while being confronted by politics and paranoia. It isn't (or rather wasn't easy) to live like this. Even harder to survive when you try to stay in the middle.

While some might argue that this feels like a movie of the week type, I'd disagree. It might have a story line that is close to that, but the acting and the framing, lighting and everything else point out that this is more than that. If you like your drama to feel as real as possible (with touches of a thriller), here you go


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Germany

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German | English | Russian | Polish

Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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