Set in the long days when East and West Germany were severely, and often fatally, divided by walls and armed soldiers (still current at the time this film was created), a real love story as interpreted by director Herbert Ballmann helps to crumble the barriers set by heads of state. Thomas (Christian Kohlund) is a cook at the Swiss embassy in East Germany and can freely travel back and forth across the checkpoints into West Berlin on shopping errands to the marketplace. As he fills the larder for state functions so often, the guards at the border just say hi and wave him on. One day, Thomas meets Ulla (Ursela Monn), a secretary for an East German official, on the way back from one of his shopping errands -- it is pouring down rain and she is looking for a ride back home to her parent's apartment. Once he gives her a lift, he is quite taken by her charming demeanor (and vice-versa) -- and so a forbidden liaison between these small representatives of East and West is under way. When Ulla sees how easily Thomas comes and goes across the somber dividing line, she gets an urge to hide out in the trunk of his car and visit the great shops along the Kurfurstendamm. And so she does, with his complicity, and more than just one such trip takes place. But while they are enjoying their illicit affair and illicit trips together, trouble is brewing in the wings of officialdom that may put their relationship at risk. Ursela Monn won the 1985 Max Lubitsch Prize (given by the Association of Berlin Film Journalists) for her portrayal of Ulla.
~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
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