Beloved Berlin Wall (film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 January, 2011, 12:00am

Directed by German filmmaker Peter Timm, Beloved Berlin Wall is a lighthearted romantic comedy that provides a refreshing setting compared to the usual American offerings.

Set in 1989, the time of the Berlin Wall - which had divided the German city since 1961 - the story focuses on East German border guard Sascha (Maxim Mehmet).

He falls in love with a West German woman, Franzi (Felicitas Woll), who has just moved into a flat near his security tower.

But their 'love at first sight' romance blossoms too easily. While Franzi is on a cross-border shopping trip, she gets in trouble. Sascha is there to save her. The two then start to communicate across the wall - using binoculars, body language and notepads - which ends with a date in the East.

Yet their relationship arouses the suspicions of the Stasi, the East German state security service: they're sure Franzi is a spy ...

Despite the use of the true-to-life setting of the Berlin Wall, the movie lacks a focal point. It fails to convince as either a historical piece or a love story; the romance is far too predictable and the wall's existence used merely as a marketing device.

But if you want a simple, warm-hearted movie to help pass a cold winter's night, Sascha and Franzi's love story is perfect.