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Not a bad depiction of GDR transition to freedom, Stasi and all.
There is definitely some pandering to "softer" audience, with perhaps too much of the romantic element, but one should still be able to see the real horrors behind it.
The horrors are real, it just depends on your willingness to hear the unspoken.
Probably along with Funeral in Berlin and Torn Curtain the only English language films I can think of involving East Germany in those days. Violent force and almost inhumanly strict discipline with no redeeming purpose is what I am left with from any information I've ever encountered about the GDR. Lighten up guys! Live a little ...
It's been many years since I saw the original.
Can not beat those 60's British films for bleak and dreary hopelessness.
authors Deighton vs Carré.
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