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MPAA Rated R for some sexuality/nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • A couple of scenes of sexual intercourse. In one scene, a major character is seen having sex with a prostitute while seated in a chair and she is straddling him. In another scene the protagonist is having sex with his girlfriend. In both of these scenes we see breasts and buttocks.
  • There are two scenes with a major female character taking a shower, and she is shown mostly from the rear.
  • There is a scene where a woman is being forced to have intercourse with a powerful official of the state in the back seat of his limousine. The official is seen opening her blouse and grabbing her breast while forcing a kiss upon her, and then pulling down his pants. His bare buttocks are shown briefly and then the scene cuts away.

Violence & Gore

  • A character commits suicide, but it's only talked about.


  • The movie dialog is in German with subtitles. There is one scene where an angry character is seen exclaming "Scheiße!" and the word "S***!" is printed as a subtitle. Otherwise, none.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Quite a few of the adult characters smoke during the movie. The major female character is seen taking some sort of drug in a pill form, probably the Aponeuron that she purchases later (a medication that the body converts to amphetamine). It is not clear whether it is really illegal or not - the context is that the state would prohibit her from taking this particular drug but not necessarily because it is immoral.
  • The protagonist and another character are sharing a drink from a bottle. The gentleman has several other bottles there as well. The protagonist lights up a cigarette at this time also.
  • There are several scenes where characters drink cocktails. In one scene two of the major characters are in a quiet bar, and the male drinks two shots of vodka while the female drinks a shot of cognac. There is no scene in the movie where anyone is shown to be intoxicated.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • One intense scene very early in the movie when a prisoner deprived of sleep is being interrogated and is seen breaking down when threatened with the arrest of his wife and the institutionalization of his children.
  • The film does get a bit depressing at times and has the overall feeling of militant oppression when the Communists were in power.
  • During a class scene of would-be interrogators, taught by a senior and respected Stasi interrogator, a student asks a question that shows sympathy to the prisoners plight. The instructor then makes a mark on the seating chart where this student is sitting perhaps to keep an eye on this student as a possible prisoner sympathizer or of the wrong character to do the job well.


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Violence & Gore

  • A character wanders into the street (in what seems to be suicide) and is hit by a fast-moving truck and is later shown with several visible injuries and is bleeding profusely with a big pool of blood on the street.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Another intense scene is where the female lead is hit and killed by a large truck. Her lover picks her up for a final goodbye and is sobbing as he holds her lifeless body.

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