Career-soldier Wilhelm, his pacifist younger brother Friedhelm, and their friends Charlotte, Viktor and Greta say farewell in the summer of in Berlin, with the promise to meet again after the war.
Wilhelm and his brother have been ordered to the eastern front, Charlotte will join them as a nurse in a field hospital there. In Berlin, Greta makes a name for herself as a singer, with the help of a high-ranking party official. Her Jewish boyfriend, Viktor is despatched to a concentration camp in the east. Little do they know how much the unfathomable experiences, deprivations and terrors of the war will change them.
It is the experiences of friendship and betrayal, belief and disappointment, illusion and insight, guilt and responsibility that will change their lives forever. View in iTunes. Berlin, the summer of The five friends Wilhelm, his sensitive, artistic brother Friedhelm, Charlotte, Viktor and Greta meet to say farewell to each other.
Wilhelm and Friedhelm have been ordered to the eastern front, Charlotte will go there as a nurse. They promise each other to meet again after the war, and they are convinced that it will be as soon as Christmas. Greta has been sent by her lover Dorn to entertain the troops on the eastern front and in furthest Russia meets Wilhelm, Friedhelm and Charlotte, two years after their last encounter.
But the war has changed the friends. It is on the eve of the largest German tank offensive, close to the Russian city of Kursk "Operation Citadel" is supposed to shift the balance of power in the east in favour of the Wehrmacht again. Out of arrogance, Greta misses her flight back to Germany, and in Charlotte's field hospital for the first time experiences the horrors of war close up. At the same time, Viktor is on a train transport to a concentration camp in Poland, along with many fellow sufferers.
He manages to escape. Together with Polish girl Alina, he flees into the forests. A Polish farmer discovers them and wants to betray them to the Germans, but his son warns them, and leads them to a group of Polish partisans. Wilhelm's unit is annihilated in the battle for Kursk and the two brothers are separated. Friedhelm, believing his brother to have died, is the only one to escape the senseless fight. Badly wounded, he is taken to Charlotte's field hospital, and her application alone saves him.
The news of Wilhelm's death hits Charlotte hard, for she was secretly in love with him since their Berlin days. What neither Friedhelm nor Charlotte could imagine is Wilhelm has managed to survive, too. He had left the battlefield, confused and wounded, and found shelter in an abandoned lodge, where finally the field gendarmerie runs him down and arrests him.
Friedhelm, who has been granted home leave for convalescence, together with his parents learns about his brother's being arrested and sentenced to death by firing squad for desertion. His father disowns his formerly favourite son, and seeks to get closer to Friedhelm. The latter is realising that he cannot cope with home life any more, and applies for his transfer back to the front. Meanwhile, Greta tells Dorn of her pregnancy. Fearing his wife could find out about his affair with Greta, Dorn has her arrested.
Wilhelm's death sentence has been mitigated to a transfer into a punitive battalion. The Wehrmacht now needs every man.
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In Russia, Charlotte and Wilhelm meet again - a disturbing encounter for both. Especially as Charlotte is overwhelmed by her feelings, since she thought Wilhelm dead. But the war tears them asunder once more. The Red Army is now advancing on all fronts. While Friedhelm's new unit in Poland is still cracking down brutally on the partisan group Viktor is a member of, Charlotte's field hospital is overrun by the Russians.It's often the little things, a moment of loveliness when everything else is getting so very unlovely, a reminder of beauty, tenderness, humanity.
Like the girl in the red coat in Schindler's List. Red clothes, they make you me cry. The dress is from Viktor the tailor who has been making it for ages for his girlfriend, Greta. He leaves it on the bed because she's not there: she's off with the Nazi officer, betraying Viktor. Betrayal crops up a lot in Philipp Kadelbach's epic three-part German mini-series.
But Greta is also saving Viktor, bravely and selflessly, because she loves him; the Nazi officer could be Viktor's ticket out of there, a chance of survival. This is Berlin, ; Viktor is Jewish. He's going away, to America he hopes, she hopes, we hope. Whatever, it will be very hard for Greta and Viktor to see each other ever again. Greta, Viktor, brothers Wilhelm and Friedhelm, and Charly are five twentysomethings, friends since kindergarten who — perhaps strangely, given what's going on around them — feel optimistic about life, immortal, as if the future belongs to them.
Wilhelm promises his mother that he'll bring his bookish younger brother back when they set off for the Eastern Front. And a group photo. They'll see each other again soon, Christmas in Berlin, pick up where they left off. Except it does, of course. A barbaric regime and a terrible war tear them apart, strip them of their innocence and their optimism, harden and dehumanise them. The two soldier brothers, pushing into Stalin's Russia, don't just witness atrocities, they take part in them.
Friedhelm is seen as a coward and a traitor by the company. They beat him up; Wilhelm allows them to. Wilhelm is the commanding officer now, not the protective elder brother.
There is one more moment of brotherliness for them, a play fight in the snow, a brief reminder of happier days and more tears here, obviously.
Some way back from the front, at the hospital, Charly, too, is encountering the horrible reality of war and death.He looks at the war from an incredibly big-picture view, against it from the start and disillusioned with it by the end. Friedhelm is a sharp-witted, deep thinker who understands the mind of his enemy. Friedhelm is a clear communicator when he wants to be, but otherwise talks above other people, using riddles and arcane logic. He also speaks Russian better than anyone else in his platoon and I would infer from his taste in poetry that he probably also speaks French.
His emotions tend to be rather deadened and become more so as the war progresses. For the first half of the war, he is defiant of expectations and orders and is firm in his opinions. Over time, he gradually loses most of his ideas about morality. He learns to follow orders without question, merely becoming disillusioned with the morality, rather than stubbornly refusing to give in to it. Rather, he views himself merely as what he presently is. In the first few episodes, he shows very like INTP behavior.
Rebellious, and challenging to authority. Even my ISTJ friends think the same about the war. In fact, anyone who does not see this about war is just an idiot, and you do not Ni to see that. I see more Fe in him than Fi. Recall the scenes when tells his brother and the nurse to stay and part, etc. Like Like. Out of curiosity, what do you make of all the negative reviews of the series?
I got around to watching it and thought it was impressive, but nearly all the U. And I appreciated the lesser-known aspects of the war that the film brought out, such as the anti-Semitism of some resistance groups in Poland. Some of the reviews were so harsh as to be almost funny—one reviewer concluded that the film shows an artist, an intellectual, and a Jew being punished while the two most Aryan-looking cast members get cleanly away.
My medieval history prof in college said that Braveheart is a great movie, but the historical errors make her want to slide off the couch and chew on the carpet. I finally watched the mini-series, it has its issues but the point of view is interesting. His suicide at the end was also Fi controlled, he knew he had a chance but he also recognised that he disappointed himself by not being able to uphold his moral code, he felt responsible for the part he played, the kamikaze charge was his last chance of redeeming himself in his own eyes.
Not all people experience PTSD the same way. While ignoring your Fi is a lot less stereotypically PTSD, it does apply to the oft ignored emotional detachment symptom of the disorder. It happens to be one of the symptoms that I have, so I recognise it immediately when I see it in others. You are commenting using your WordPress.
You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Like this: Like LoadingThis may, in the abstract, seem fair enough, but the film slips into a strange, queasy zone between naturalism and nostalgia.
Part melodrama, part combat action movie, the film, written by Stefan Kolditz and directed by Philipp Kadelbach, chronicles the lives of five friends who are presented as more or less typical young Germans. We first see them together inafter closing time in a Berlin bar, smoking cigarettes, drinking Champagne and dancing to the forbidden strains of American jazz.
Two brothers, Wilhelm Volker Bruch, who provides some voice-over narration and Friedhelm Tom Schillingare about to leave for the Eastern front. He is in love with Charlotte, nicknamed Charly Miriam Steinsoon to report for duty as a field hospital nurse. She feels the same way about him, but neither has told the other. That will take a genocidal war. Kadelbach, the director, has clearly studied the work of Steven Spielberg.
He crosscuts deftly between scenes, alternating moments of tense violence with stretches of solitude and tenderness.
The characters are sharply drawn by a lively and uniformly excellent casttheir contrasting temperaments providing a pleasing, if not terribly challenging, sense of human variety. Greta is high-strung and passionate. Viktor is wary, excitable and perpetually unshaven. He and Charly, fair-haired and upright, are like Nazi propaganda posters brought to life and softened up for modern, liberal audiences. They exude a quiet pride in their own virtue.
None of the five friends are Nazi zealots, and none can see the catastrophe that is coming. Charly and Wilhelm are the most overtly patriotic, but this is more passive acceptance of the reality they have grown up with than the fervent embrace of ideology. Both of them witness — and do — terrible things, as do the others.
Friedhelm, the most sensitive of the group, is transformed into a cold and effective killer. Viktor, escaping from a train bound for Auschwitz, takes up with a group of fighters loyal to the Polish Home Army.
What happens to all of them is absorbing, exciting and sometimes very moving. The moral choices they face are credibly agonizing, even if the plot turns are sometimes a bit forced. There are only so many times one movie can fool the audience into thinking a major character is dead.
As dramatized history, it is pretty questionable. This has less to do with factual accuracy than with the way facts are shaped, juxtaposed and given emotional weight. The evil of the Nazis is hardly denied, but it is mainly localized within a few cartoonishly sadistic SS and Gestapo commanders, who are nearly as cruel to regular German soldiers as they are to Jews and Russians.Forgot your password?
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Get the IMDb app. The series has been widely condemned for inaccurate and near racist scenes painting the few Polish characters in the series as being the most anti-Semitic. Watch the video. Sign In. Added to Watchlist. Tom Schilling. Miriam Stein. Ludwig Trepte. Mark Waschke. Hildegard Schroedter. Christiane Paul. Sylvester Groth. Alina Levshin. Lucas Gregorowicz.
Maxim Mehmet. Adam Markiewicz. Johanna Gastdorf. Peter Kremer.
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David Zimmerschied. Joel Basman. Anne Diemer. Karina Plachetka. Judith Engel. Facebook Twitter E-mail. Top Rated TV Friedhelm is a sensitive young man who has no ambitions as soldier. His comrades deride him as a foolhardy coward who puts their lives at greater risk and they beat him up after it is perceived he gave away their position to a Polikarpov Po-2 "sewing machine" by lighting a cigarette.
Determined to prove himself to his unit, he becomes emotionally hardened and ruthless throughout the Eastern front campaign, willingly executing prisoners, and leading a charge to take a Russian telegraph station after witnessing his brother's apparent death by Panzerfaust.
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He is shot by his fellow soldiers when they mistake him for a Russian when he had stolen a Russian uniform to escape from aforementioned telegraph station upon its recapture by the Red Army. Charlotte manages to save him by begging the chief surgeon of the field hospital to operate on him, despite the surgeon's bleak triage assessment.
Before being sent back to Berlin he tells Charlotte falsely that Wilhelm perished in the Panzerfaust attack. Friedhelm orders them to stay put and walks alone towards the enemy aiming his rifle at them causing himself to be gunned down.
The Volkssturm soldiers surrender after witnessing Friedhelm's futile death by fire from a Maxim machine gun. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Categories :.
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