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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.

Director:

Andreas Dresen

Writers:

Andreas Dresen (screenplay), Cooky Ziesche (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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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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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany | France

Language:

German

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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$710,237
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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All of the doctors, nurses, etc. shown in the film are real health care professionals, not actors. See more »

Soundtracks

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Music and Lyrics by Gisbert zu Knyphausen
Performed by Gisbert zu Knyphausen
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A realistic chronology of a tumor
19 September 2011 | by suviskaSee all my reviews

The movie 'Halt auf freier Strecke' draws a realistic story of a family facing a great loss. The film begins from the beginning of an end: at the clinic where a doctor gently delivers a death sentence for a father of a family.

In the story, the parents' roles are solid and their mutual relationship is pictured in a beautiful but not overly romantic way. Outsiders to the nuclear family remain uncomfortable with the thought of death throughout. Amazingly that happens even to the close ones. Only those that are facing death at the daily basis seem to be okay with the idea.

The daughter's role remains strangely distant throughout the movie. It is likely intentional from the director, as for a teenager the thought of someone's death might feel distant. However, if it were one's own father, I would imagine that the response would not necessarily be like the one pictured in the film, especially that the family seems like perfectly average.

The film is probably a great chance for going through one's feelings for anyone who has experienced a cancer death of a close person. For others, it surely is a chance to stop for 110 minutes to think what it would mean for oneself if something tragic suddenly happened in one's own life.

As a non-German viewer, it is refreshing for a change to see good movie-making from Germany motivated by something else than the currently hot "multi-kulti" topic. …and something that made me feel great at the end regardless of the theme was the soundtrack - German rock (when played at the right place at the right time) is just awesome!


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