A heavy going and sometimes slow film that wouldn't work in any other way. Years spent living a life of fear and poverty, yearning to return to the relative comfort of the West provide the main thrust for the film. Most scenes are set in the dismal setting on the family's shared accommodation where not a great deal ever seems to happen, which is really the whole point. This may not seem particularly compelling, but you'll feel compassion for all 3 members of the family in a similar way to when your heart physically aches when you watch an evocative news piece on human suffering. Not for the thrill or action seeker looking for a dramatic crossing of the Berlin Wall, nor is it a limp story of romance. This is a story of the REAL power of love, an invisible but omnipresent love that bonds people together in the most testing circumstances. There's never any real reference to it and the story takes turns appearing to be at odds to this. Depressing it may well be, but it's not one that you'll cry over. You'll just feel very, very lucky that it wasn't you.
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