STOPPED ON TRACK
HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE
2011, Pandora Filmverleih, 95 min, Germany, Dir: Andreas Dresen

Andreas Dresen (SUMMER IN BERLIN, CLOUD 9) directs this intelligent and startlingly raw drama portraying a German postal worker's small window of time between the diagnosis of a terminal brain tumor and death. After Frank (Milan Peschel) learns of his suddenly truncated future, he and wife Simone (Steffi Kuehnert) must wrestle with breaking the news to their children, and with Frank's increasingly erratic - even hostile - behavior. Trenchant observations and true-ringing moments emerge from the cast's entirely improvised dialogue. Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2011. "The process recalls that of Mike Leigh, and the payoff is similar, with dialogue that sounds entirely natural and actors totally at ease with their lines." -Variety. In German with English subtitles.


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