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Die Frau vom Checkpoint Charlie (2007)

Based on a true story, Miguel Alexandre's two-part drama focuses on a East German woman and the fight for her children. Spring 1982: Sara Bender, living with her daughters Silvia and Sabine... See full summary »


Miguel Alexandre


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Credited cast:
Veronica Ferres ... Sara Bender
Peter Kremer Peter Kremer ... Peter Koch
Filip Peeters ... Richard Panter
Maria Ehrich Maria Ehrich ... Silvia 'Veilchen' Bender
Elisa Schlott ... Sabine 'Bine' Bender
Michael Schenk Michael Schenk ... Hans Wimpel
Karl Kranzkowski Karl Kranzkowski ... Horst Seelig
Bruno F. Apitz Bruno F. Apitz ... Jochen Hailer
Winnie Böwe ... Britta Sandfuß
Peggy Lukac Peggy Lukac ... Marlene Engel
Julia Jäger Julia Jäger ... Regina Pries
Götz Schubert ... Martin Pries
Charlotte Schwab Charlotte Schwab ... Aenne Bubach
Katinka Auberger Katinka Auberger ... Birgit Henning
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annette Blum Annette Blum ... Frau Petrus


Based on a true story, Miguel Alexandre's two-part drama focuses on a East German woman and the fight for her children. Spring 1982: Sara Bender, living with her daughters Silvia and Sabine in the East German town of Erfurt, wants to marry her colleague Peter, but shortly before the wedding, her father is killed in a road accident. As the funeral takes place in West Germany, she isn't allowed to go there, so she starts planning to leave her communist home country forever. Trying to flee via Romania, she is caught by the secret service. After years in jail, Sara is ransomed by the West German government, but without her daughters. To draw the world's attention on her desperate situation, she starts demonstrating at the Berlin border crossing Checkpoint Charlie... Written by fippi2000

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German | English | Finnish

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28 September 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El viaje de Sara See more »

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Romania See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Referenced in Neues aus der Anstalt: Episode #1.8 (2007) See more »

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Veronica Ferres bores to death
8 October 2007 | by Xenia_MUCSee all my reviews

It is surprising how almost all German newspapers praise Veronica Ferres for her acting, although I (hopefully not alone) do not see any sign of it. With her wooden face expression she goes through the story of a woman who was allowed to leave East Germany, however, without her two daughters. With the same face expression Veronica suffers tortures, stands 24/7 at the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin trying to get the permission to see her children.

The film is based on a true story, but unfortunately it does not help the film to get to the league of the best (e.g. Good Bye Lenin!) . But if you DO like Stasi-Dramas or films about DDR times, then it is suitable for you (with Cola and chips).

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