When Generation War
, a German TV mini-series, first aired in Europe in 2013 it had over 7 million viewers a night. It was originally titled: Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter
(Our Mothers, Our Fathers). The mini-series, comprised of three 1.5 hours teleplays, was written by Stefan Kolditz
and directed by Philipp Kadelbach
. So far it has been nominated for 23 film awards and has won 13 awards, including Best Television Mini Series in 2013. What makes this series standout is the excellent production quality. Its film editing, acting, and script are all top-shelf.
The story begins in Berlin in 1942. Five friends, all in their early 20's, have one last blast before they journey on life's path. Wilhelm and Friedhelm are brothers who are being sent to the Russian front. Wilhelm is hard-nosed and his younger brother is idealistic. Charlotte, a nurse, is in love with Wilhelm, but has never proclaimed those feelings. She too is being sent to Russia. Greta wants to be the next Marlene Dietrich
. She will stop at nothing to further her career. She's in love with a Jewish tailor, Viktor, whose parents are, like many Jews, still living in Germany . . . they refuse to leave their home and their country.
Critics have heralded the fact that this film presents a war story with a twist . . . its women characters are just as important or more so than the mens'. This DVD is in German with English subtitles.