The movie title is based on the Erich Honecker quote "Vorwärts immer, rückwärts nimmer!" (Forward ever, backward never!) See more »
While being arrested Anne says that her father has no balls. The German version of this phrase (keine Eier in der Hose) was used in Germany in the beginning of the 21st century, not in the GDR of 1989. See more »
[whispering to the fake Honecker after a passionate kiss]
I have no idea who you are but if you stay with me I will force Erich to play along in front of the whole world.
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The opening closing credits are showed in the style of a TV broadcast with interferences. See more »
Having said that, if you do know it then it is a ridiculously funny film.
I'm a non-german but with ties to the GDR and I lived in the BRD for years. I'm amazed how they (all involved) carried it off so 'convincingly', the whole sound and feel of the film. I've just watched it again mainly because there wasn't much else on that evening, given covid and all. I'm so glad I did. I'd forgotten quite how silly it is and I really needed a good laugh.
It takes away nothing of the hard and serious times people were going through. It doesn't make a mockery of them. It's target is the party/state centre. I'm aware that I'm repeating most of what another reviewer has already said, but it wants saying again. This film is worth seeing because it's a funny film and because, whilst I understand there are many who might not want to be reminded of the period, we need to remember it. And we may as well be laughing when we do it.
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