|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs And Andre Frid, Mika Seidel, Kai-Peter Malina, Ursina Lardi, Saskia Rosendahl|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
|Collections:||May - World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 May 2013|
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Unseen Aspect of WarBy Grenville (41 reviews) , 30 May 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]A telling indictment of war and its effect on the innocent. The slow pace of the film was balanced with a mounting sense of doom, built up by the music and atmosphere. It is a moving story about a little-seen aspect of World War II.
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Grim realityBy ageingmw (9 reviews) , 13 Sep 2013Very well related tale which explores the result of childhood indoctrination and the problems created by relentless propaganda. A reflection of the sad reality that so many children are still being indoctrinated to hate.
WW11 from the other sideBy tzec (97 reviews) , 10 Sep 2013Really enjoyed seeing the War from the other side. An eye opener, and not expected. Not a film to watch if you have had a hard week at work. But well, well worth watching. Just not the Sound of Music!
The aftermath of warBy a customer , 07 Sep 2013A grim story of a family of children of Nazi parents, abandoned and having to find their way to their grandmother's house across war-ravaged Germany. They have to come to terms with hunger and fear and learn to accept help from someone they have been taught to despise. Pace is fairly slow, acting good and photography excellent, if a bit self-indulgent.
A Study in the Chaos of WarBy OttoB (2 reviews) , 05 Sep 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideDespite the non-German direction, this film is filled with the sense of initial disbelief and then betrayal that the German people felt as the Reich collapsed and Hitler shot himself.
I've just read Bevor's 'Berlin', so the well-placed fear of Russian retribution on a populace abandoned by the remains of their army, and the desperation to reach 'safe' sectors really came through. The chaos of the situation ruthlessly grinds away personal dignity.
Alongside that you've got the irony of a Nazi family's survival dependent on a man who has Jewish papers, and the increasing tension between (previously) unquestioned NS values and the crimes that they are forced to acknowledge in order to get fed by the Americans.
Not for the faint-hearted, as the images will stay with you, but worth watching if you have any interest what shaped post-war Germany.
Slow but compellingBy CommsWatch (13 reviews) from London , 04 Sep 2013Surprisngly this 2012 German-language film was co-written and directed by the Australian Cate Shortland which explains how funding came from Australia plus Germany and other European sources, but it was shot entirely on location in Germany. The story unfolds slowly and not always clearly, so this is not a film that will appeal to everyone, but it is a powerful and thought-provoking work that deserves a wide audience. The Hannelore of the title is a German girl in her early teens who, at the very end of the Second World War, finds herself abandoned by her Nazi parents and left with four younger siblings, one a baby, with instructions to take them to her grandmother's place, a long way across an utterly devastated land. In her first film role, Saskia Rosendahl is amazing as a young person who, on a frightening journey, has to endure not just considerable physical deprivations but profound challenges to perceptions of her parents, her country and those evil Jews.
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