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The lives of two families in East Berlin between 1980 and 1990 as the era of communist DDR slowly comes to an end.
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Series cast summary:
Florian Lukas ...  Martin Kupfer 24 episodes, 2010-2018
Uwe Kockisch Uwe Kockisch ...  Hans Kupfer 24 episodes, 2010-2018
Jörg Hartmann ...  Falk Kupfer 24 episodes, 2010-2018
Ruth Reinecke Ruth Reinecke ...  Marlene Kupfer 23 episodes, 2010-2018
Anna Loos ...  Vera Kupfer 23 episodes, 2010-2018
Hansjürgen Hürrig Hansjürgen Hürrig ...  Generalleutnant Gaucke / ... 23 episodes, 2010-2018
Stephan Grossmann ...  Peter Görlitz 22 episodes, 2010-2018
Katrin Saß ...  Dunja Hausmann 21 episodes, 2010-2018
Claudia Mehnert Claudia Mehnert ...  Nicole Henning 17 episodes, 2013-2018
Ferdinand Lehmann Ferdinand Lehmann ...  Roman Kupfer 13 episodes, 2013-2018
Hannah Herzsprung ...  Julia Hausmann 12 episodes, 2010-2013
Sven Lehmann Sven Lehmann ...  Major Geifel / ... 11 episodes, 2010-2013
Lisa Wagner ...  Katja Wiese 11 episodes, 2015-2018


The lives of two families in East Berlin between 1980 and 1990 as the era of communist DDR slowly comes to an end.

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Release Date:

14 September 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Weissensee Saga See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Ziegler Film & Company See more »
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(6 Episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Realistic and sorrowful narration of a GDR kinfolk and people close to them
22 June 2017 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

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The German Democratic Republic was a country that remained stagnant almost until its termination, even when other socialist camp dealt with winds of change in the late 1980ies. And as it turned out later, it was one of the best internally controlled and snooped country in Europe, and Stasi's traces are still visible in people's minds.

In Weissensee, we get a comprehensive picture of an integrated East- Berlin family belonging to the elite vis-a-vis opportunities, influence and domicile, where personal love-related issues, accompanied by outside changes and access to wider information, start to crumble the relations both inside the family and with colleagues. The events are realistic and motivated, the thrill is maintained, and some hesitations I had regarding the convincingness of some characters were later explained by subsequent scenes or dialogues. There were several interesting twists I could never guess (e.g. a death of a leading character in the middle of the series), and the background and venues provide an additional mood for the "framed" life under Stasi's control and lies... The performances are at least good as well; for me, the older the characters, the more interesting they were, e.g. Dunja Hausmann and Hans Kupfer. Also, the latter showed convincingly what were the compromises/abasement the people with free mind had to do for a long period and how a pleasant idea of freedom and equality had lost its contents and form.

Weissensee is definitely on the par with e.g. Tannbach and Deutschland '83, both in terms of performances and enthrallment. And to them who have lived under socialism, nothing is overstated. Hopefully, the viewers would understand that there is no such thing as Socialism with a human face - in spite of Hans Kupfer's intentions...

PS Our national TV broadcast this series with the title "Love in Berlin", giving a false impression of being an insipid soap opera, and probably deterring thousands of potential viewers...

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