Berlin Film Review: ‘As We Were Dreaming’

Crushed dreams and loss of stability following the collapse of the Berlin Wall are the main themes of Andreas Dresen’s disappointing “As We Were Dreaming,” a hard-edged drama about a group of friends coming of age just as the Cold War ends. Stuffed to the gills with fights, strobe lights and anarchic energy, the well-played pic feels like a late arrival in a long line of movies from throughout the former Eastern bloc covering similar ground. Dresen certainly knows his East German grunge, yet the unnecessary voiceover, frequent flashbacks and stereotyped female characters play like a film from

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