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A great film through and through
on 15 June 2006
Sonja lives in a small, religious and sleepy German town. Her life is happy and she is regarded well by her teachers and friends. However, one day she wins a European essay writing contest and a trip to Paris. After this she is determined to win the contest again, but the subject this time is 'My home town during the third Reich'. Sonja tries her hardest to find out what happened during the Nazi reign but locals are hostile and things soon turn nasty. Sonja the good girl is now the nasty girl.
This film is one of my favourite foreign films because it is hilarious, bold and full of frustration. The heroine, Sonja narrates the tale and is a character I can really identify with. She's very funny, and very cheeky and manages to somehow wittle the truth about her town's dealings with the 3rd Reich from the dusty and haughty inhabitants. The film is unusually made with some of the film sets being more like theatre sets with photographic backdrops and few props. Sonja's early memories are black and white which lends the film an atmospheric feel. It's beautifully acted and full of quirky touches, but most importantly whilst funny at the start the film soon developes into a grim story about the struggle to find the truth no matter what.