Als wir träumten (2015)

  |  Drama


Als wir träumten (2015) Poster

In 1990s east Germany, three boys are in love with techno music and start their own club.


6.3/10
1,153


Videos


Photos

  • Chiron Elias Krase and Tom von Heymann in Als wir träumten (2015)
  • Chiron Elias Krase in Als wir träumten (2015)
  • Als wir träumten (2015)
  • Als wir träumten (2015)
  • Als wir träumten (2015)
  • Ruby O. Fee in Als wir träumten (2015)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


11 January 2021 | leonevilo
8
| a story of youth falling apart
Als wir träumten tells the story of a group of friends growing up in leipzig, an east german city two hours south of berlin. most of the story is set in the early nineties, right after reunification, with a few flashbacks to the eighties, the big demonstrations in fall 89 being the big divide. however, politics are as absent as possible when telling stories about this very political era.

since the story makes no attempt to give any context or explain circumstances to the viewer, let me explain a few things that will help you 'get' it: in the eighties life in east germany was very structured, everyone had jobs, food, a place to live, safety, but no freedom. kids were told stories about building a socialist society, which had been told to their parents, most had never believed in the first place or lost their faith along the way, until many were dreaming about leaving to the west. if you grew up then and there, you constantly felt left behind by friends and relatives, often without hope to see each other again. after reunification another kind of disillusionment set in: most factories shut down, many grown ups were jobless, trying to figure out life with new rules they had yet to learn themselves, unable to provide guidance to their kids. only a few months divided the eighties, where everything was reglemented (mostly forbidden) and the nineties, when all of a sudden nothing seemed off limits and authorities were gone from one day to the next.

this story is about kids testing limits and not finding any, which was fun sometimes, but often just a way to see if anyone even took notice of them. it's about kids trying not to lose their friendship, about crashing cars, bittersweet love, drugs, petty crime, occupying abandoned places, boxing, everyone smoking cigarettes, running from nazi bullies and cops, short stints in jail, violence, harder drugs, longer stints in jails and the music that was popular at the time (techno). the story is not about any of those things specifically, they are all at the peripherie, it is really all about friendship and trying hard not to drift apart.

the movie is based on one of my favorite books, and although i have a few minor objections - some scenes are missing which may have increased the emotional impact even further - i understand they were left out to avoid the word depressing in reviews. als wir träumten is not a feel good story, there is nothing glossy in it, but it does a good job recreating the raw emotion of the book and the harsh reality of that time.

Critic Reviews



The Best TV and Movies to Watch in March

Read our editors' picks for the movies and shows we're watching in March, including "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," Boss Level, and Zack Snyder's Justice League.

Browse our picks

2021 Golden Globe Nominees: In and Out of Character

Check out our gallery of the 2021 Golden Globe nominees in the leading and supporting acting categories, as the characters they so brilliantly played and in real life.

See the full gallery

The Essential Eddie Murphy Watchlist

As we prepare for the return of Prince Akeem in Coming 2 America, we present our guide to comic legend Eddie Murphy's essential films and where to watch them.

Watch the video

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com