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Stopped on Track (2011)

Halt auf freier Strecke (original title)
When Frank is diagnosed with incurable brain tumor, he's got only a few months to live. Along with his wife, he doesn't know how and when to tell their children about it. Meanwhile, Frank's health is getting worse with each day.


Andreas Dresen


Andreas Dresen (screenplay), Cooky Ziesche (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steffi Kühnert ... Simone Lange
Milan Peschel ... Frank Lange
Talisa Lilly Lemke Talisa Lilly Lemke ... Lilli Lange (as Talisa Lilli Lemke)
Mika Seidel Mika Seidel ... Mika Lange (as Mika Nilson Seidel)
Ursula Werner ... Renate, Simones Mutter
Marie Rosa Tietjen Marie Rosa Tietjen ... Simones Schwester
Otto Mellies ... Ernst, Franks Vater
Christine Schorn Christine Schorn ... Franks Mutter
Bernhard Schütz ... Stefan
Thorsten Merten ... Tumor
Inka Friedrich ... Ina
Petra Anwar Petra Anwar ... Palliativärztin
Uwe Träger Uwe Träger ... Diagnosearzt (as Dr. Uwe Träger)
Elke Unmüssig Elke Unmüssig ... Sterbebegleiterin #1
Brunhilde Sauer-Baur Brunhilde Sauer-Baur ... Sterbebegleiterin #2


When Frank is diagnosed with incurable brain tumor, he's got only a few months to live. Along with his wife, he doesn't know how and when to tell their children about it. Meanwhile, Frank's health is getting worse with each day.

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Release Date:

17 November 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Stopped on Track See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


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1.85 : 1
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The doctor in the first scene of the film is a real-life doctor, the scene was shot in his actual office and the phone call he receives is also real. See more »


Music and Lyrics by Gisbert zu Knyphausen
Performed by Gisbert zu Knyphausen
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An honest look at a topic which concerns us all
13 November 2012 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

It's a German film, and it's good - hallelujah! That was pretty much my initial reaction after watching this cancer drama, before the pain set in. For when you've been in the situation the film describes, you'll go through the exact motions you may have felt when taking care of a loved one who dies. Other than just about any other film I've seen on the subject, no sappy music sets in, no brilliant actors use their characters to showcase their abilities. It's just the story of an ordinary worker with a wife and two kids who gets diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor and chronicles his last months with a camcorder.

Director-writer Andreas Dresen is a seasoned TV director and documentary film maker, which defines his visual style. But unlike most German directors, he's making the best out of his possibilities by sticking to a very naturalist mise-en-scène, focusing on creating 'special moments' which drive the story. That allows him to take the spectator's attention away from the actors. It's a style that already worked very well in 'Cloud 9', for which he received the Cannes a special Cannes 'Un Certain Regard' public prize, before winning the award itself with this film. He is, however, essentially a documentary film maker, so his best film so far is most definitely 'Herr Wichmann von der CDU' (2003), which is about a provincial election campaign.

Still, 'Stopped on Track' will probably stay with you longer than most films of the past year, as it's dealing with a reality that concerns everybody, but is usually considered taboo in film. While people die so often violently on screen, it's quite a shock to see someone die from a disease, even if it's just fictitious; so the importance of this film is to make us wonder which is the appropriate way to deal with death, a question to which it gives mature and even beautiful answers.

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