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Friedliche Zeiten (Peaceful Times) (2008)





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A woman who has escaped the brunt of the Cold War discovers she misses it in this comedy-drama from filmmaker Neele Leana Vollmar, set in the early 1960's. Irene (Katharina Schubert) and her family -- husband Dieter (Oliver Stokowski) and children Ute (Nina Monka), Wasa (Leonie Brill) and Flori (Tamino Wecker) -- have recently moved to West Germany, leaving the chaos and political instability of the East behind. However, Irene doesn't quite see it that way; she's oddly nostalgic for the oppression and danger of life in East Berlin, and she makes no secret of the fact she'd like to go back. Irene is also convinced that Dieter is cheating on her, that nuclear war is on the horizon, and that she and the kids would be better off dead. While Irene's wildly unpredictable driving often puts a scare into Ute and Wasa, for the most part they're sympathetic to their mother's frequent rants, and are secretly hatching a scheme to break up their parents and keep her mom from killing herself so she can return to her beloved East Germany. But Ute and Wasa are a bit too young to understand that their mother's behavior isn't charming eccentricity but signs of mental illness. Friedliche Zeiten (aka Peaceful Times) received its North American premiere at the 2008 Montreal World Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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