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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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Bernhard Bettermann ...
Iris Böhm ...
Kathrin Forell
Anatoliy Kotenyov ...
Oberleutnant Kamenev (as Anatoly Kotenyov)
Michael Mendl ...
Dr. Stauffer
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Irina
Hans-Uwe Bauer ...
Leibrecht (as Hans Uwe Bauer)
André Hennicke ...
Bauknecht
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Mattern
Johannes Hitzblech ...
Danhorn
Stephan Wolf-Schönburg ...
Klugmann
Irina Narbekova ...
Dr. Pachmutova
Pavel Lebeshev ...
Lagerkommandant
Vladimir Korpus ...
Semjon (as Wladimir Korpus)
Igor Filchenkov ...
Anastas (as Igor Filtschenkov)
Tschmid Rintshinov ...
Kolka
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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 »

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While walking at night across a plain field of snow, with just the moon as only source of light, Forell throws three different shadows. See more »

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

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An entertaining, quite OK film
8 April 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I agree with some other commentators who said that this movie was somewhat overtly dramatic - in some points getting almost too sugary/tear-jerking experience. I haven't read the book so it is hard to comment how faithful the film is to the book, but seems that the authors of the film almost a bit overemphasized the great survival story and the connection between the father and the child.

This is counter-balanced by good acting, rather good cinematography and beautiful images of nature. "So weit die Füsse tragen" is fairly entertaining as an adventure film and I was strangely attracted by the story about travelling through endless wastes of Siberia. The portrayal of nature is captivating. The film isn't a remarkable masterpiece, but I'd still recommend seeing it if the subject sounds appealing. After all, German POWs in Russia isn't exactly the most worn subject of films.


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