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To Life! (2014)

Auf das Leben! (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 November 2014 (Germany)
Fate has taken its toll on the aging cabaret singer Ruth and the young but terminally ill Jonas. Yet despite their great age difference and their entirely opposite experiences in life, they... See full summary »

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Uwe Janson

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Artur Brauner (idea), Stephen Glantz (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Max Riemelt ... Jonas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon Brauner Sharon Brauner ... Young Ruth
Mathieu Carrière ... Knoch / Hannes Frisch
Hannelore Elsner ... Ruth
Catherine Flemming ... Lydia (as Catherine H. Flemming)
Nikola Kastner Nikola Kastner ... Eva
Timothy Peach Timothy Peach ... Galerist
Markus Maria Profitlich Markus Maria Profitlich ... Hermann
Andreas Schmidt Andreas Schmidt ... Prof. Werner
Aylin Tezel ... Emily
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Fate has taken its toll on the aging cabaret singer Ruth and the young but terminally ill Jonas. Yet despite their great age difference and their entirely opposite experiences in life, they form an intense bond and give each other a reason and purpose to live.

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Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Por la vida! See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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CCC Filmkunst See more »
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Vu Is Dos Gessele
Performed by Sharon Brauner
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Sad, powerful film
24 July 2015 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The German film Auf das Leben! was shown in the U.S. with the title, To Life! (2014). It was directed by Uwe Janson.

Ruth (Hannelore Elsner) was a young girl when the Germans killed everyone around her. She was able to escape because of a fortuitous attack by partisans. We don't learn if she was eventually captured or remained hidden. However, after the war she had a successful career as a cabaret singer. (Sharon Brauner plays Ruth as a younger woman, and she's very good.)

Ruth is being forced to change apartments, and she hires a young man and his van to help with the move. Max Riemelt plays the young man, Jonas. An unlikely friendship arises between Ruth and Jonas. Although the friendship is predictable in the context of films like Harold and Maude, the outcome of the friendship isn't predictable.

This film is plot-driven, so I can't really say too much more about it. The acting is exceptional, the story is fascinating, and the movie held my interest throughout. We saw the film at the excellent Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY as part of the phenomenal Rochester International Jewish Film Festival. It will work very well on the small screen. I recommend it.


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