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West (2013)

Westen (original title)
R | | Drama | 7 November 2014 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jördis Triebel ... Dr. Nelly Senff
Tristan Göbel Tristan Göbel ... Alexej Senff
Jacky Ido ... John Bird - CIA-Agent
Anja Antonowicz Anja Antonowicz ... Krystyna Jablonowska
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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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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Rated R for a sex scene, brief nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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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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Dolby Digital | Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was made and first released about ten years after its source novel "Lagerfeuer" by Julia Franck had been first published in 2003. See more »

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

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A good insight into post war Germany.
13 December 2015 | by allyathertonSee all my reviews

A woman escapes East Germany with her child.

Starring Jordis Triebel, Tristan Gobel and Alexander Scheer.

Written by Heide Schwochow (screenplay) and Julia Franck (Novel).

Directed by Christian Schwochow.

I seem to be on a bit of a run of late for watching foreign subtitled films.

This German movie is left of centre, quirky and quite well acted. It's also a good insight into how things were on either side of the Berlin wall post war. It just about kept my interest although it lacks a little excitement. There's not a lot of suspense and it didn't exactly have me on the edge of my seat.

It's interesting but easily forgettable. Not exactly a yawn fest but lacked any real entertainment value.

7/10


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