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Bye Bye Germany (2017)

Es war einmal in Deutschland... (original title)
David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. Close to his aim, David is not only deprived of his savings but also overtaken by his shady past.

Director:

Sam Garbarski

Writers:

Michel Bergmann (screenplay), Sam Garbarski (collaboration on screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Moritz Bleibtreu ... David Bermann
Antje Traue ... Special Agent Sara Simon
Tim Seyfi ... Fajnbrot
Mark Ivanir ... Holzmann
Anatole Taubman ... Fränkel
Hans Löw Hans Löw ... Verständig
Pál Mácsai Pál Mácsai ... Szoros
Václav Jakoubek Václav Jakoubek ... Krautberg
Jeanne Werner ... Elsa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Marc André Jean-Marc André ... SS officer
Joachim Paul Assböck ... Kleinschmitt
Joel Basman ... Lubliner (as Joel Basmann)
Jeff Burrell ... Officer
Harvey Friedman ... Joseph Goebbels
Tania Garbarski Tania Garbarski ... Frau Sonia
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Storyline

David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. Close to his aim, David is not only deprived of his savings but also overtaken by his shady past.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Germany | Luxembourg | Belgium | France

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

27 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bye Bye Germany See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,874, 15 April 2018

Gross USA:

$73,730

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$176,933
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Within one scene David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his friends destroy the red Plymouth of their opponent. The actors really crashed the car with battens, picks and iron rods - and enjoyed it a lot. Actor Tim Seyfi described it: "For us it was a children's birthday party." Afterwards the car was an economical total loss. See more »

Goofs

Sara wears high heeled shoes with her uniform, which would not be allowed. The proper footwear would have been low heeled oxfords. See more »

Soundtracks

Drei kleine Geschichten
Performed by Evelyn Künneke
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Truth-telling
15 December 2018 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

It is unfortunate that the English title is crass by comparison to the loaded meaning in the original German.

"Once upon a time" is an introduction to a story and to story telling and this is film is rich in the varieties of tales and the truths of stories. It's not quite 'Rashomon' but it does engage similar themes.

The film is well made and excellently acted with a high quality script; it offers the actors strong material and lots of shades of intention. The story takes a different angle to post war chaos and the desire for a new life after the destruction, all the while in the shadow of the ruins and the memories of those that perished.

The flow of the film keeps the attention as it bends and reveals more about the characters. The humor is mordant and expresses how people deflect pain through jokes. The leads could not be better.

It deserves attention and rewards the viewer's time.


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