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It's as retrograde - if also as perversely intoxicating - as an old Hollywood melodrama.
Though director Philipp Kadelbach and screenwriter Stefan Kolditz do touch on moral ambiguities ... they settle comfortably into glib ironies, bittersweet platitudes, and sentiment passing as tragedy.
"Generation War" has a texture and an interest that American stories do not.
Certainly entertaining, possibly art, not always convincing but most assuredly a soap.
In all, "Generation War" has the strengths and weaknesses of middlebrow art-it may be clunky, even embarrassing, but it's certainly never dull.
I suppose everything that occurs in "Generation War" is factually possible, even when it's not based on fact. But weirdly little of it feels historically plausible, at least to one foreigner's eyes and ears.
While Generation War is propulsive and determined to stay juicy (there's plenty of shooting and schtupping) it offers some surprising restraint when it comes to telling you how exactly to feel.
Suffice it to say that this is an extraordinarily moving story told from the universal perspective of "war is hell" even when it is the enemy telling the story.
Apart from the bizarre coincidences (how often can five friends cross paths on a battlefield stretching all the way from Poland to the northeast of the Ukraine?), Generation War has other typical marks of TV melodrama.
A 4 1/2-hour German take on WWII
It's an involving story and an intriguing view of history.
Think of the ambitious 'Generation War' as a German-language 'Friends' in which the five close pals encounter rape, death squads and the brutality of war while constantly fending off lethal bands of mad Russians at the dawn of World War II.
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