Harry's co-conspirators are a mixed bunch: Fred (Felix Eitner) is a gay man hoping to reunite with his mother. An old friend of Harry's, Matthis (Sebastian Koch), has unwillingly left his pregnant wife Carola (Claudia Michelsen) behind during an ill-fated mad dash across the heavily guarded border. Vic (Mehmet Kurtulus) is a U.S. citizen who lost a leg in the war. As the men start plotting how to build a tunnel under the wall, they're joined by a woman named Fritzi (Nicolette Krebitz), whose fiancée is still on the other side.
Back home, Carola and Lotte's husband Theo (Heinrich Schmieder) each endure a crisis of conscience thanks to Colonel Kruger (Uwe Kockish), the film's designated villain. He's a Communist hardliner who takes each escape personally. While Harry and company dig, this guy is always seeking new ways to cleverly thwart their efforts. As the edge-of-the-seat narrative unfolds, every performance is layered, every shot by cinematographer Martin Langer is effectively streamlined and a plot that could easily have been predicable ripples with suspense. Starring Heino Ferch, Nicolette Krebitz, Sebastian Koch, Felix Eitner, Claudia Michelsen, Mehmet Kurtullus and Uwe Kockish. Directed by Roland Suso Richter. Written by Johannes Betz. Produced by Nico Hofmann and Ariane Krampe. No distributor set. Historical thriller. German-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 164 min.