As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)
"So weit die Füße tragen" (original title)

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At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernhard Bettermann ...
Iris Böhm ...
Kathrin Forell
Anatoliy Kotenyov ...
Oberleutnant Kamenev (as Anatoly Kotenyov)
Michael Mendl ...
Dr. Stauffer
Hans-Uwe Bauer ...
Leibrecht (as Hans Uwe Bauer)
André Hennicke ...
Johannes Hitzblech ...
Stephan Wolf-Schönburg ...
Irina Narbekova ...
Dr. Pachmutova
Pavel Lebeshev ...
Vladimir Korpus ...
Semjon (as Wladimir Korpus)
Igor Filchenkov ...
Anastas (as Igor Filtschenkov)
Tschmid Rintshinov ...


As prisoner of war Clemens Forell, a German soldier during WW II, is sentenced to a labor camp in far east Siberia. After four years working in the mines he escapes from the camp (in 1949) and tries to get home to his wife and children. For three years he journeys through Siberia. An odyssey of 14,000 kilometers, set against a backdrop of desolate and inhospitable landscape, beset by danger (from both animals and humans). Constantly battling the worst nature can throw at him, Forell makes his way, step by step towards Prussia and the longed-for freedom. Sometimes riding on trains, sometimes by boat, mostly on foot, he never knows if his next step won't be his last. His prosecutor Kamenev is always right behind him, and more than once it seems that Forell is captured again... Written by Pooh Frames

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Based on a true story and best selling novel.


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Bernhard Bettermann's grandfathers both were sent to Soviet POW camps at the end of World War Two. See more »


(At 1:19:00) There is a picture of Mikhail Kalinin (Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet) in the inspector's office. It is presented as a portrait of someone who was then in office, but Kalinin had died 5 years earlier in 1946. See more »


Remake of As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (1959) See more »

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Getting to grips with individual human rights
9 June 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie is very well because it depicts a person as what he/she is, a human. It does not delve into politics, ethnic or racial backgrounds and simply shows how a person's life was destroyed by the worldview that devides us in races and ethnicities. Forell was a good man who became victim of his ethnicity and the evil that other "members" of his ethnicity had caused. To me, the movie shows that violence always is aimed at the weaker, and mostly at the innocent. There simply is no justification for violence against innocent individuals no matter what background they are from. Interestingly, I think this movie is a great contribution to something we still need to come to grips with in our current times. Is it just to persecute the entire Hutu race, because Tutsis were slaughtered by the political representation and the army of the Hutus? Can an entire race, ethnicity or religion be held responsible for crimes committed by other individuals of the same background? I strongly doubt it. I think if we as the human kind would come to terms with judging a person as an individual and not as a whole ethnicity we would take a BIG step forward for our humanity. But will we ever learn? I strongly hope.

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