TRUST NO ONE
120 minutes, Color
Even if you already know the story of two East German families who built a hot-air balloon and flew it to safety in West Germany in 1979, you will still be transfixed by this taught thriller. Aided by a soaring score, Balloon keeps viewers on edge from beginning to end, recreating a time and place where everyone is watched, always, and the cost of keeping secrets can be fatal. And so we follow the Strelzyks (Friedrich Mücke and Karoline Schuch) as they make a desperate, failed attempt to escape. Leaving behind their homemade airship, they must return home, pretending that all is well while starting over. Meanwhile, Stasi chief Seidel (a chilling Thomas Kretschmann) brings the full weight of the government to bear in finding and punishing those who dream of freedom. When Seidel asks, "What would we be without borders? It defines us," Balloon's resonance becomes frighteningly clear. —Dave Nuttycombe
In German with English subtitles
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