In 1940, German soldier Hans Quangel is killed in action during the French campaign. His parents, Otto and Anna, are devastated by the loss and their bereavement is unmollified by the joyful hysteria at Germany's victory. Deciding that Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are responsible for this tragedy and much more, Otto cannot stand by any longer. As such, Otto begins to create handwritten cards denouncing the regime's abuses and lies, which he secretly deposits throughout Berlin while a disillusioned Anna insists on helping him. As the subversive cards pile up over the years, police detective Escherich is tasked to track down the leafleteer while being pressured by his increasingly impatient SS superior for an arrest for this "treason," regardless of actual guilt. As the stakes rise even as Nazi Germany's day of reckoning approaches, Otto and Anna are determined to spread the truth regardless of the odds even as their opposition awaits the fatal mistake that could doom them.
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The truth was their resistance.
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Did You Know?
At one point, Otto recalls how he met his wife, and tells her about the time she went with another suitor to a place called "The Chestnut Tree". The film is making reference to George Orwell
's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four." In it, the Chestnut Tree is a cafe where dissidents and critics would supposedly meet. The book is about a totalitarian regime when the main characters are constantly supervised and ultimately caught by secret police after a symbolic act of rebellion, just like Otto and Anna in the movie. See more
Think about it Quangel. Every single card was turned in to us voluntarily. We didn't find any ourselves. They couldn't wait to hand them over to us. All those people. Some were arrested. One committed suicide. How could you seriously believe that you would change anything? You! Foreman Quangel.
Who killed himself?
That doesn't matter. A small fish. Insignificant.
Everyone is significant.