🇩🇪 Tonight, I had the great pleasure in attending an early preview screening of this in Melbourne, specifically targeted at German speakers (officially opens next week). This was a piece I had heard/read many good things about, and so, felt pretty bummed about missing it back in April. However finally, several months later, here we were - crammed into a packed-out cinema overflowing with English speakers and boomers, what could possibly go wrong?
As it turned out, very little. Whilst Herbig (probably best known for 'Der Schuh des Manitu') did a good job of telling this rather renowned narrative, the film felt completely devoid of any real urgency, fear, and struggle - all of which one would expect to have manifest in a film from the heart of the Stasi regime.
Soundtrack, reasonable. Acting, reasonable. Visuals, reasonable. Pacing, pretty flat. All in all, it was the quintessential 3-star film, make of that as you will.