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Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe - and that will forever change them as well. Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm is off to the eastern front with his younger brother Friedhelm, a sensitive dreamer more interested in literature than warfare.

Starring:
Katharina Schüttler, Tom Schilling
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 34 minutes
Starring Katharina Schüttler, Tom Schilling, Volker Bruch
Director Philipp Kadelbach
Genres Drama
Studio Arrow Films
Rental release 12 May 2014
Main languages German
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 34 minutes
Starring Katharina Schüttler, Tom Schilling, Volker Bruch
Director Philipp Kadelbach
Genres Drama
Studio Arrow Films
Rental release 12 May 2014
Main languages German
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ on 11 Jan. 2015
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I was sceptic in the beginning to buy this DVD as some reviews were so against it, saying that it did not portray the real effect of the atrocities of the Nazi's. Well I think this is more about those who followed what the main stream culture were and how it affected them, any war has 2 sides to it - people on the "other side" seldom understands really what the "wrong" side's normal human beings went through in spite of how they were indoctrinated. It's not easy and this movie gives a peek into this very scenario. Actors were very good as well as how their characters developed, some scenes are quite gruesome, but it is about war after all. Well executed and a top quality production.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By still searching TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2014
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Any attempt to represent the Russian front impartially is almost certainly going to alienate one or other of the various participants' descendants. And so it is with this production, which does have its fair share of controversy! It tells the fictional story of 5 twenty something friends, all of whom are native Berliners, as they each in their own way prepare to deal with the looming crisis of the drive to gain Hitler's `Lebensraum'. The need for this `living space' was outlined in the infamous Mein Kampf dictated to his lackey, Hess, when both were languishing in Bavaria's Landsberg Prison following the failed Munich Beer Hall Putsch in 1924.

Two of the friends are brothers, the eldest, Wilhelm (Volker Bruch), who is a junior army officer, and his pacifist brother, Friedhelm (Tom Schilling), a private in the army, are shortly off to participate in Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Russia, which begins on June 22nd 1941. Two are girls, Charlotte (Miriam Stein), who is in love with Wilhelm, and Greta (Katharina Schuttler), an opportunistic, somewhat cynical would be singer, working as barmaid. The final member of this group is Viktor (Ludwig Trepte), who is Jewish and therefore, perhaps, the most unlikely. Some critics were left `open-mouthed' at the improbability of any twenty-something German's, having had nine years of Nazi indoctrination, enjoying friendly relations with a Jew. However, Viktor and Greta's relationship is a little more than friendly and in the opening scene during which the group assembles in the bar for the last time before they all have to go their own way, Greta establishes a fateful relationship with an SS officer who interrupts their party, in order to save Viktor from discovery.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Morant on 18 July 2014
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Generation War
This was a truly gripping drama showing the horrors of war and how it affected the lives of the young protagonists we meet in the first section. It was so interesting to see it from the German perspective for a change - I watched a recording of a panel discussion on it when I had finished. It has been very controversial and criticised in some of the countries where it has been screened. I thought the ending was a bit unbelievable but I appreciate it was a drama not a documentary.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hemisinus on 15 July 2014
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Truly a good story stunningly portrayed by the actors. It was interesting to see the other side of the conflict using authentic equipment and uniforms. Overall very good.
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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Cohen on 13 April 2014
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An extraordinary German television series about a group of five young Berliners during the Second World War. A number of Jewish characters, including one of the five, draw out the moral dilemmas of the other four as they struggle to be both loyal Germans and decent human beings in situations where they can only be one or the other. This is an amazingly honest and intelligent effort to portray the psychology of the five, whose characters are sharply delineated by superb directing and acting. Caught up in a war which they did not seek they must nevertheless come to terms with it. My only reservation was the improbability of the Jewish character remaining good friends with the ideologically committed pair amongst the five. I'm not giving any more away!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By NotMumboJumbo on 3 Aug. 2014
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I watched this on BBC2 and LOVED it but missed the first episode. Bought it & have watched it 3 times since. Its such an incredible series & you get used to reading the subtitles very quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Coles on 4 Feb. 2015
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Shows the how life on the Eastern Front was awful. Brilliant acting, realistic action scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SGC Grenyer on 15 Nov. 2014
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recorded the series and watched as a block, made mistake of deleting first episode after watching it. So was delighted to see out on DVD. Seeing the war from 'the other side' was interesting, the storyline good, well acted, and really didn't notice it was all subtitled. Thought provoking, and enjoyed it as much as you can enjoy any war based film. Well acted, well written, worth watching more than once
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