Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Beloved Berlin Wall

Watched a great film on the way back from Singapore.

'Beloved Berlin Wall' describes a love story between a West Berlin student and an East German border guard, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Yes, it's in shot in German, but it's still a great little comedy and well worth a view, especially if watching Avatar again on the plane seems like too much. And I even understood lots of the German, especially the bits involving the Stasi and the CIA.

If you do watch it, I'm playing the East German border guard and the West German girl is being played by my old girlfriend Pauline. There's also lots of jokes about the horrors of socialism, many of them visual such as the number of people needed to check a passport, but my favourite is the following, relayed by an East German waitress, when defending her anger towards the West:
Capitalism is the exploitation of people by people. Socialism is the opposite.

And watch out for the end:

Es ist sehr emotional.

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