White Ribbon (Le Ruban blanc) – 2009
In the middle of May 5, the film The White Ribbon by Austrian director Michael Haneke overcame a series of formidable opponents from the world’s major cinema to win the Golden Globe Award. prestigious gold palm.
The success of The White Ribbon once again confirms the talent of Michael Haneke, who has resonated at Cannes Film Festival for many years with Funny Games, The Piano Teacher (Cannes jury award and two awards for acting). Best Actor and Actress), Time of the Wolf and Caché (Best Director).
Set in a small village on the eve of World War I, The White Ribbon depicts German life and character with the intention of explaining the root cause of the rise of Nazism in the early 30s. 20th century. Like his previous films Caché, The Piano Teacher, Funny Games, or Time of The Wolf, Haneke continues to explore themes of the roots and nature of violence.
But with The White Ribbon, Haneke proved more ambitious when he worked with a fairly large number of characters and deployed ideas on a large scale. Conundrum According to critics, The White Ribbon has many layers of meaning and requires the viewer to pay close attention to the smallest detail. The film offers a challenging mystery with a series of seemingly unrelated and inexplicable crimes that occur consecutively in a small village…
From one of Europe’s most celebrated directors, Michael Haneke, comes this sobering portrait of religion, power and violence in the small northern German town of the early 1910s.
Disclaimer: do not watch this movie on a rainy day! Dark social and family drama, while beautiful and powerful, can be difficult to watch. However, if you’re looking for a movie that packs a punch, the White Ribbon delivers it as it leads you through the inexplicable chain of events that begin to plague this tiny Protestant village. . This film is also perfect for German students as the actors speak very slowly and clearly and on topics that are easy to follow.
Goodbye Lenin (Good Bye Lenin) – 2003
This is a good movie, light and funny but still touching. The title may sound political, but the film only revolves around the mother-daughter relationship and the bond between family members, as well as the kindness of those around us. There is no big dogmatic propaganda here. This film along with “The Lives of Others” (Das Leben der Anderen) are very humanistic films of German cinema that I like.
If you’re in the mood for a comedy, this one might be a better choice for you! Alex’s mother, a staunch supporter of the East German Socialist Association, suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma in October 10. While in a coma, the Berlin Wall fell and East Germany returned to became the home of Burger King restaurants, Coca-Cola ads and West German immigrants. When Alex’s mother woke up, the doctor informed him that if his mother had received another shock, it could have caused a serious heart attack.
Alex resorted to silly and often humorous tactics to try to shield his bed-ridden mother from the changing world around him. Again, if you want to visit Berlin or old East Germany, this movie should be at the top of your list!
The Fall of the Empire (Der Der Untergangi) – 2004
The movie Downfall recreated the last days of Adolf Hitler, based on the book Inside Hitler’s Bunker by historian Joachim Fest, the memoirs of Albert Speer and the memoirs of Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler’s secretary. nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2005, and won the BBC Film Award
“Der Untergang” makes you live in horror with the madness of war. Bruno Ganz’s performance as Aldolf Hitler was Oscar-worthy. He is absolutely brilliant. In addition, the performance of other actors is also admirable. You feel like you’ve actually arrived in Berlin and been bombarded by Russians. You get a very clear (or impressive?) insight into how military decisions were made in the final days of the war.
The film balances well between the large-scale effects of bombs exploding on the dilapidated streets and depicting the different people who experienced it – from Hitler and his soldiers in well-protected bunkers. until the main military commanders are torn between reason, the heart of the common people and the German people trapped in a hell. The film neither supports the Nazis nor portrays all of the Nazis as human beings. mindless monster. It gives an impression of realism. Watch it in the best possible acoustics, you will tremble like bombs about to explode!
You can also learn a little about the Austrian dialect as actor Bruno Ganz is known to have prepared intensively for the role of Hitler by studying videos of the Führer to accentuate the accent. Maybe not how you want to learn about Austria, but this movie is a must see!
Run Lona (Run Lona run – Lola rennt) – 1998
If you are looking for an option to relax this weekend, “Lola Rennt” could be a good choice. An extremely entertaining, light-hearted, easy-to-watch movie.
“Lola Rennt” is considered an important breakthrough work of the German film industry in the 90s, because of its unique approach and filmmaking techniques that were new and different from that of the time. Set in the city of Berlin, “Lola Rennt” revolves around the rescue of red-haired girl Lola’s boyfriend, as she struggles to earn 100,000 DM in just 20 minutes.
And as the name suggests, during the movie’s run, the main image in the movie is the scene Lola runs. The idea that runs through the film is the butterfly effect: every action we make, even the most seemingly trivial, and random choices we make, can lead to completely different consequences as well. like affecting the future “destiny” of those around.
The film is only 81 minutes long with such a simple concept. However, with the fast paced, engaging, dramatic and elusive content in the content, you will hardly be able to take your eyes off the screen while watching the movie. Many people have compared “Lola Rennt” to a video game because of the variety of colors, sounds, techniques and camera angles used in the film or, by extension, the energetic vibe that exudes. out of the movie.
Each movie scene uses techno music – iconic music of the 90s. Interspersed with scenes that also use animation – eye-catching cartoon scenes.
The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) – 2006
This is a German film, won the Oscar for the best foreign language film in 2006, and many other major awards, grossing more than 77 million USD worldwide as of November 11, exploiting the theme of spying. newspaper in East Germany, until the Berlin Wall fell. The film was directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
Do you wonder what it was like to live in old East Germany? The film is set in East Germany in November 11. This thriller and political drama tells the story of Captain Gerd Wiesler – an employee of a secret police organization. His latest mission is to eavesdrop on the daily activities of the artist couple Sieland and Dreyman. But Sieland did not expect this mission to change his life.
The film follows the trail as Wiesler becomes emotional in the lives of the people he intends to follow and becomes disillusioned with the tactics of the East German government. This movie will not only improve your German skills by exposing you to a wide range of accents, but its popularity among Germans makes it a great conversation piece when you want to practice. Practice your German!