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Child on the Open Road (1992)

Kinder der Landstrasse (original title)
After setting in Switzerland, a yenish family escaped their major problems at the beginning of World War Two. However, they will have to deal with the government project "Hilfswerks Barmherzigkeit den Vagantenkindern".

Director:

Urs Egger

Writer:

Johannes Boesiger (as Johannes Bösiger)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Jana Kessel
Andrea Eckert Andrea Eckert ... Theresa Kessel
Martina Straessler Martina Straessler ... Jana, 5 Jahre
Herbert Leiser Herbert Leiser ... Paul Kessel
Jara Weiss Jara Weiss ... Jana, 9 Jahre
Hans-Peter Korff Hans-Peter Korff ... Dr. Schoenefeld
Nina Petri ... Fräulein Roth
Mathias Gnädinger Mathias Gnädinger ... Roger Kessel
Noemi Steuer Noemi Steuer ... Andrina Kessel
Andreas Schindelholz Andreas Schindelholz ... Django
Andreas Löffel Andreas Löffel ... Nino
Paul Schirmer Paul Schirmer ... Jenischer Mann
Arnold Burri Arnold Burri ... Jenischer Mann (as Arnold Barri)
Felix Amsler Felix Amsler ... Jenischer Mann
Johanna Karl-Lory Johanna Karl-Lory ... Wahrsagerin
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After setting in Switzerland, a yenish family escaped their major problems at the beginning of World War Two. However, they will have to deal with the government project "Hilfswerks Barmherzigkeit den Vagantenkindern".

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Country:

Germany | Austria | Switzerland

Language:

Swiss German | German

Release Date:

23 April 1993 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Child on the Open Road See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The important subject would have deserved a better film.
17 February 1999 | by AE_BS_CHSee all my reviews

This film certainly is very important for dealing with Swiss history, and it is important that it shows much about life of those victims of the mid-century European racism whose voices are not so often heard. The film certainly makes an important contribution towards seeing the past in a less distorted way.

But, just because the subject is so important, it is a real pity that the film is artistically so bad. It is just a repetition of the same thing over and over, and at some point it just stops. The recurrence of the same thing is not reflected upon in any way, and much of the challenge the story offers is lost in the tedious flow of the simple narrative. Further, I understand that emotions are very important in films, but when there is just a mother crying for minutes when her child is taken away and no attempt at all to convey emotions in a more complex way, this is a pity. I think this film is typical of films from German-speaking Switzerland: There are very good intentions, but a lack of artistical capabilities and expertise. How much better would it have been if the film wasn't only about a subject everyone in Switzerland should think about, but also had real artistic qualities. Then, it would also have served the aim of preventing people from forgetting the dark sides of the past much better.


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