Balloon

Balloon

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Balloon

Two families attempt to escape across the East German border during the Cold War in a hot air balloon in this German true story drama-thriller.

"The summer of 1979. Families Strelzyk and Wetzel want to escape Eastern Germany and delve into the freedom of the West. The two families have forged a daring plan: in a self-constructed hot air balloon, they want to fly across the border at night. When finally the weather conditions are ideal, they are ready to set off; however quite a few things go wrong and the balloon crashes just before it reaches the West German border. The Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately begin an investigation, leaving the two families to build a new balloon under immense time pressure. As the Stasi close in with each passing day, a nerve-wracking race against time begins." (Zurich Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Violence125 minsGermanyGerman and English with English subtitles
DramaThrillerTrue Story & BiographyHistoricalWorld Cinema
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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The film is a solid political thriller, with good edge-of-the-seat tension if you don't mind everything slightly over-cooked.

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The Australian

The Australian

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The film's main strength lies in its convincing depiction of what it was like to live under the restrictive totalitarian state that was East Germany.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Herbig directs every scene with an overcranked mania, accompanied by a blaring Zimmer-esque score that thinks it's part of the buildup to a Navy Seals assault on an Indian Ocean pirate ship.

2.0
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The film is a solid political thriller, with good edge-of-the-seat tension if you don't mind everything slightly over-cooked.

3.0
0
The Australian

The Australian

press

The film's main strength lies in its convincing depiction of what it was like to live under the restrictive totalitarian state that was East Germany.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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Herbig directs every scene with an overcranked mania, accompanied by a blaring Zimmer-esque score that thinks it's part of the buildup to a Navy Seals assault on an Indian Ocean pirate ship.

2.0
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