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Gerhard Gundermann (Alexander Scheer) is an excavator driver in the Lusatian brown coal mining industry. But he is also a singer-songwriter who deals with everyday life in the GDR in his lyrics and also takes a critical look at the regime. He is a family man and a rebel, a socialist and an oddball - but he is also an informer for the Stasi. After the wall has fallen, this secret threatens to come to light. In his biopic "Gundermann", Andreas Dresen tells of the life of a poet, an unconventional thinker and rebel, who has spoken from the heart of many people with his music, but who has also shown through his work for the Stasi that life is not always black and white. There are many shades of grey - even in a person like Gerhard Gundermann, for whom one would not have expected him to tell the Stasi secrets about his colleagues. It's precisely this multi-layered character that is neither idealized nor demonized that makes the movie so well done.
The constant jumping back and forth between the different time levels is somewhat confusing at the beginning, since it is only indicated relatively subtly and not by faded in years. But as soon as it's clear that the story isn't told in a linear way, you can get fully involved in the multifaceted events. This is carried by a very authentic picture language and an outstanding Alexander Scheer, who disappears completely behind the figure of Gundermann. Not only externally, but also in singing Scheer comes very close to the real model.
Dresen manages the trick of convincingly mixing humor and drama and thus tracing a piece of rousing contemporary history that is probably still unknown to many, even if the name Gundermann means something to them. With more than two hours the whole thing is a bit too long, but overall the movie has become a thrilling drama, that shows with a true story that people don't let themselves be put into a drawer as easily as you might think. A really good piece of German cinemas and thus also quite clearly: Worth seeing!
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