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East Germany. Summer, late 70's. Three years after her boyfriend Wassilij's apparent death, Nelly Senff decides to escape from behind the Berlin wall with her son Alexej, leaving her traumatic memories and past behind. Pretending to marry a West German, she crosses the border to start a new life in the West. But soon her past starts to haunt her as the Allied Secret Service begin to question Wassilij's mysterious disappearance. Is he still alive? Was he a spy? Plagued by her past and fraught with paranoia, Nelly is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow.


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  • It's a sobering tale, where violence, guilt and lies fly their ugly flag, and first time writer director Daniel Krige captures the mood only too well, as we are drawn into the tragedy of the lives of the misfits.

    Jul 5, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for West


This Aussie film is an honest and confident film that made me sit up and pay attention. To Daniel Krige's credit he has written and directed highly complex characters true to people who have experienced their youth in the western suburbs of Sydney. This film does not judge the characters it presents, but rather reveals people who are trying to do their best to "break the mould" with limited options for advancement. In this film such all-consuming passion accompanied by the bitterness of complete betrayal has the power to destroy everything in the end. I was extremely moved and impressed after watching this film, which is a rare experience in the current climate of Australian films, which tend to stereotype real people with comedic intent.

Dean McKenna
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Another horrible film about horrible people. Ugh. Anyone who thinks it is exaggerated need only catch public transport, sadly, there is plenty of people around like these. Realistic and well done.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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