East Germany die silly

The alternative artist scene in Prenzlauer Berg must have hit the GDR leadership hard: villains, whims and opponents plunged into a parallel world here and felt at home. They saw themselves as resistance and solidarity. Official state socialism may have occurred on another planet, according to the individual’s perception.

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However: whoever thinks of this bohemian world in bleak, dilapidated apartments lit with flickering candles, think also of Prenzlauer Berg’s Sasha Anderson. Anderson not only saw himself as an inspirational son, but was also in the service of state security. After moving to the West in 1986, he was first called and praised, then in the early 1990s, Wolf Berman identified him as IM and “Sasha’s Idiot”.

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Now, the fictional son of an inspiration named Ludger passes through Prenzlauer Berg, played by David Kross when he was young and Jörg Shutoff when he was older long after the reunification. The elder Ludger holds a briefcase in his hand. It has its own Stasi file, consider the files of its victim. There was also a criminal case. But he destroyed this second file a long time ago.

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With Ludger, the path was going in the opposite direction to Sascha Anderson: Ludger was smuggled into the opposition arena as a full-time Stasi detective in the 1980s and then evolved into a poet who criminally neglected his mission. The stunned Stasi minister Erich Milkke (Bernd Stegmann), whom we met at a masquerade dressed as a strong Augustus, says that his reports to the Stasi will read like poetry.

Tragedy? but not yet

Any tragedy can lie in this fabric. But this doesn’t interest Leander Haussmann one iota in his Stasikomödie, as the film’s title clearly states. No one is being handed the knife of state power here, as in Florian Heinkel von Donnersmark’s Stasi still defining his style and the Academy Award winning film The Lives of Others (2006). Here, neither friendships nor marriages are crushed by mutual distrust. It is more about private matters, love, and the disappointments necessarily associated with it.

Anyone who wants to enjoy this grotesque “Stasi comedy” in the cinema, which sometimes appears as more than a farce, has to accept that. This cinematic interpretation is not surprising.

For director Hausmann, after “Sonnenallee” (1999) and “NVA” (2005), this is the finale of the East German trilogy. Haußmann, born in Quedlinburg in East Germany in 1959, and like his father Izard, once spied on himself, uses humorous means to come to terms with the history of the GDR. His films are also always seemingly fairy tales.

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As if they were reading a book of fairy tales, the Ludger family gathers around the coil and the living room table and permeates the package. Sitting there is a pale specialist historian (played by Tom Schilling) feeding the files to an institution and thus to contemporary history. After all, Ludger is a famous writer.

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The reading can be funny: Spies even took pictures of a Lodger’s cat (“there were probably a lot of animal lovers in Stacey”). They measured his apartment and drew up a plan to expand it. Whatever the case, they filmed Ludger having sex with his wife Corinna (Margarita Broich).

But then there’s a handwritten, torn letter in the file, pasted back together with meticulous work by Stasi’s eager men. In it, a woman confesses her love for Ludger. Unfortunately her name is Natalie (Dellila Piasco) and not Corina. And now Ludger dives into his past, with pop poet Allen Ginsberg playing his guitar at one point and Detlev Back as an overly ambitious traffic cop.

There are ridiculously funny scenes, one of the most beautiful in the beginning: Ludger’s loyalty to the state and order is examined by Stacey for the purpose of conscription. For minutes, Ludger waits in front of a tampered with a red traffic light at a deserted intersection, until Lt. Col. Siemens (Henry Hübchen) comforts him in his smoke-filled driving position and turns the traffic light green.

Henry Hübchen gives this Stasi officer a real buzz with hyper, just as everyone here is quickly drifting in the direction of Punch and Judy. This East German die silly. The parallels with the terrifying stalker state are hard to spot.

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The story unfolds cleverly. And that hair makes a better person, someone who makes Sasha Anderson’s story seem even more bitter.

Comedy Stasi Director: Leander Hausmann, with David Kroos, Jörg Shutov, Della Piasco, Margarita Broich, Henri Hopschen, 116 min, FSK 12

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