Stephan (Christoph Maria Herbst) and his wife Elisabeth (Caroline Peters) organize a dinner in their house in Bonn. Invited are family friend René (Justus von Dohnányi), Thomas (Florian ... See full summary »
Florian David Fitz,
Christoph Maria Herbst
The movie deals with the real life story of East German singer and writer Gerhard Gundermann and his struggles with music, life as a coal miner and his dealings with the secret police (STASI) of the GDR.
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Florian David Fitz
Florian David Fitz,
Cyril falls head over heel for the new girl in his class. Roxy is drop dead gorgeous and she is cool. But there is a problem. Cyril is terribly self conscious because he's got a rather ... See full summary »
Franz Eberhofer feels comfortable as a cop in the small Bavarian village of Niederkaltenkirchen. His transfer to Munich is inconvenient for him. But soon a murder case brings him back to his tiny village.
Lisa Maria Potthoff
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Following their father's death two very different brothers reunite for a special journey - a road trip from the Black Forest to the Baltic Sea on their vintage mopeds. During this soul-searching trip, the duo experiences several unusual encounters.
The father of two estranged brothers - Christian and Georg - dies and his funeral brings them together for the first time in 30 years. Blood runs high and a fist fight ensues. Never fails to lighten up a funeral. Their lives and personalities seem so different at first look, that it is hard to imagine they grew up together. However no matter how much they moved apart in recent years, the weight of their shared childhood memories is undeniable and means that they just can't be mad at each other for long. They have no other way but to make amends and move on together. Drunk they decide to finally do that road trip on their motorcycles they planned to do when they were 15 before Christian moved away. And here the movie kicks off and becomes boundles fun. At times you might have to wipe that smile of your face from the sheer joy you experience, when they finally become brothers again and return to their childhood selfs leaving behind all the restrictions and boundaries of adulthood. What fun it would be to join them.
As the miles move beneath the wheels we peel back the layers of their lifes. They both have issues, regrets and pasts that have to be revisited. The movie moves from fun and sillines to serious moments at all times. It manages to do that with never feeling rushed or forced, but makes it seem like simply the next fork in the road to their destination. They both have to challenge the decisions they have made. No life is perfect, but could theirs not have been made better, if they had turned right instead of left at times? We meet different personalities with different philosophies and have to consider if they maybe have a point and are a bit wiser than us, just as the brothers have to. All of this is packed in a movie that overall is warm, bright and charming, even while making you teary here and there.
There is a formular for roadmovies and this one doesn't deviate from it either. The movie is quite predictable. It becomes superior to others in the genre through the humanity of their two main characters. Bjarne Mädel and Lars Eidinger do an excellent job in bringing their characters to live and making them feel like genuine brothers who hate, love, envy and imitate each other all at once. It is never overacted or feels pushed to hammer home a point. They simply show that special relationship brothers have; who haven't seen each other in 30 years and have a lot to work through together. It is a privilage to be allowed to be around when they do. At the end you want the movie to be just a bit longer to see what is up ahead for them.
Do amends now and go on that road trip you wanted to do as a teenager, or whatever it was for you that you never did. Sure it's silly, but so is the mundane life of adulthood, where everything is planned and rigid. Time to be free again and do what is right, not what seems inevitable. Take the road as it comes for once, and see what will happen.
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