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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 108 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
For ten years Antonia (Alexandra Maria Lara) lived with her little daughter in a Soviet labour camp. In 1952, GDR politicians succeeded in bringing her to the German Democratic Republic together with her sick daughter and two other prisoners. This is where she gets a chance to make a fresh start. Only condition: The women must remain silent about what was inflicted on them in the Soviet Union. Antonia is willing to pay this price - for herself, for her daughter and also for the GDR. But although on the surface everything turns for the better, Antonia has to realize that the past cannot be kept secret…
"And turned towards the future" tells a gripping story based on true events. Director Bernd Böhlich, however, could hardly resort to archival material for his research, as there is no literature on this dark chapter and the people concerned adhere strictly to their vow of silence. Nevertheless, the story told in this drama is authentic and shocking. The dreary visual language contributes a lot to the harmonious atmosphere that Böhlich's staging creates. And the ensemble, especially Alexandra Maria Lara, really delivers very strong performances.
nevertheless, the film only succeeds to a limited extent in unfolding the power inherent in this story. That's because the narrative tempo seems very sluggish and the moments, which are supposed to be especially emotional, somehow seem sober and cool. Moreover, the narrative jumps into the future on the day of the fall of the wall, which in the end turns out to be completely unnecessary. For what is thereby revealed about Antonia becomes more than clear through her actions in the last act.
"And turned towards the future" is a very ambitious and dramaturgically also important film. However, in the somewhat convulsive attempt not to fall into a kind of emotional kitsch, the staging remains too distanced and too dreary to be able to grab the audience the way the movie was supposed to do. And that's why the bottom line is it's only for one: Worth seeing with some concessions!
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