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Nirgendwo in Afrika


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  • Actors: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo, Lea Kurka
  • Directors: Caroline Link
  • Writers: Caroline Link, Stefanie Zweig
  • Producers: Andreas Bareiß, Bernd Eichinger, Jürgen Tröster, Michael Weber, Peter Herrmann
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: German
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: German
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069B7B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nirgendwo in Afrika" on IMDb

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It is truly one of the best films I have ever seen.
Matthew Gladney
This film was very well balanced with good story, the nature scenes, excellent acting of all actors, the director, the cinematagraphy, and the mosic.
Boris Zubry
With Jettel's story firmly at the heart of the film, the beauty of the cinematography and other stories of this family's struggle prove compelling.
Benjamin

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132 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2004
This is a wonderful German film, which deservedly won an Academy Award in 2002 for being the Best Foreign Language Film. Based upon an autobiographical book by Stefanie Zweig, the film is beautifully acted by a stellar cast and deftly directed by Caroline Link. It is a film that will stay in one's consciousness long after the credits have rolled by. It is also a film that touches upon a number of universal themes.

The film focuses on an upper class, privileged family of secular German Jews. The husband, Walter Redlich (Merab Ninidze), seeing the way things are going in Germany in the 1930s with the advent of Hitler, leaves his law practice and emigrates to Africa, where he finds himself managing a ranch for an Englishman in an arid location in rural Kenya, while setting the stage for his family's emigration from Germany. In 1938, he then sends for his beautiful, haughty wife, Jettel (Juliane Kohler), and young daughter, Regina (Lea Gurka as a young child and Karoline Eckertz as an adolescent), to join him.

When they arrive, the wife goes into culture shock and is in total denial as to their new circumstances. Her reaction to their precarious situation is different from that of her husband, as well as from that of her child. Her husband, a realist about the situation in Germany and a survivor at heart, knows that they cannot return while Hitler is in power and is willing to make the best of the hand that they have been dealt. Jettel, however, still fails to understand just how precarious their situation in Germany was.

Once removed from a familiar environment, Walter and Jettel seem to have very little in common. Now that her husband is no longer a practicing lawyer, Jettel acts as if he has been diminished in her eyes.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Horner on October 5, 2003
Format: DVD
"Nowhere in Africa" is a complex but satisfying drama about a Jewish German family that escaped the Nazi Holocaust by moving to Kenya. It is a true story. This beautifully told and photographed movie suffers only slightly by running a bit too long.
The small family is comprised of the father, Walter Redlich [Merab Ninidze], the mother, Jettel [Juliane Kohler], and a young daughter, Regina [Lea Kurka]. They are well established, middle-class Jews who are content to call Germany home. They are not particularly orthodox in their religious belief and consider themselves `normal' German citizens. After the Nazis come to power and begin their repressive programs, Walter, a man more farsighted than most, begins to see the real dangers this regime poses. In 1938 he takes his wife and daughter to live in Kenya where he works on a vast farm that is almost literally in the middle of nowhere. Regina quickly adapts to her new home, but Jettel, unable to accept the horrible reality of what is happening back home, is miserable. Several years later, the war ends, and the Nazis are no more. Then, however, it is Jettel who has come to love Africa and Walter who yearns to return home. Essentially, this is a love story about two very different people who learn that acceptance and compromise are necessary parts of any strong relationship.
There is a dynamic subtext to this movie: A family which is considered alien by most of the population in its native Germany is thrown into an environment where the population is even more alien to them. By learning to accept - and eventually to love - the Kenyans and their exotic ways, the family becomes stronger and more universal.
"Nowhere is Africa" is a mature film for a mature audience. The movie is in German with English subtitles.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on June 17, 2003
NOWHERE IN AFRICA shed light, for me, on a chapter of the Holocaust of which I was unaware. At the beginning of the Nazis' oppression of the Jews, some German Jewish families migrated to Kenya, abandoning their lives, jobs and livelihoods to live off the land - despite their lack of knowledge about the land or any farming skills.
Narrated by a young girl, the film stars the beautiful, talented Juliane Kohler as the girl's mother, Jettel. Her character's transformation from spoiled young society wife in Germany into a resourceful, passionate and mature woman willing to protect her husband and family through any means is amazing. With Jettel's story firmly at the heart of the film, the beauty of the cinematography and other stories of this family's struggle prove compelling.
I highly recommend this.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "yaaah69" on April 23, 2003
What a delightful movie. I was in awe of the beauty, the cinematography is a triumph of the camera. The music was a mix of African beats both dark and joyful with a mix of the classics.
All the actors were great and very natural and the mood of the film reminded me of the "Trees Of Theikla," and a little of 'Out OF Africa."
The movie centers on a family in Germany pre WW2. The husband, Walter, sees the Nazis' are not going to leave the Jews alone and he strikes out for Kenya, Africa to work on a cattle farm. He was a lawyer in Germany but his credentials were taken away from him. He sends for his wife and five year old daughter. The period of adjustment does not come quickly to the wife, Jettel, but, Regina has already taken the wide eyed acceptance of the young. She makes fast friends with the Masai cook Owour and he looks out for her. And teaches Regina the native languages.
Soon war breaks out in Europe and the Brits round up all the German immigrants and bring them in to their compounds. Which for the women and children is like staying at the Grand Hotel.
Walter has been fired from his job on the cattle ranch as the owner does not want a German working for him. Jettle, has a contact and is able to get Walter another job on a farm this time. Jettle is coming around to wanting to stay in Africa. But, Walter is growing impatient and wants to do something for the war effort. He joins the British army. There is much tension between Walter and Jettle, she stays on the farm and he lives in the compound and visits. The war ends and Walter wants to go back to Germany. I won't go into the particulars of the last scenes, but I will say that this movie is worth seeing.
Not playing at your average theater, even though it won awards. Caroline Link breathed life into this story based on a true story, "Out of Europe, Into Africa."
ciao yaaah69 I give this flick 41/2 OF 5
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