• 2018
  • Germany
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Bully Herbig
  • Cast: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross

Peter Strelzyk (Mücke), his wife Doris (Schuch) and their two children attempt to escape East Germany in a hand-sewn hot air balloon. Herbig adopts an old-fashioned, slightly sentimental approach but it’s an engrossing mixture of adventure yarn and methodical police procedural, with moments of pulse-racing tension.

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10 Jun 20193 stars

Solidly told thriller based on one family's daring attempt to flee East Germany

People went to extraordinary lengths to escape from East Germany. In the opening titles of Balloon, we are reminded that between 1976 and 1988 some 38,000 tried and failed to cross the Berlin Wall. 462 lost their lives in the attempt. Previously the…

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