A group of RAF terrorists need to flee the Federal Republic of Germany after a disastrous rescue attempt during which a lawyer was killed. Unexpected help comes from the Stasi, who not only give them a place to hide but also provide them with new identities. Thus, Rita Vogt is given the chance of a new life as a worker in the GDR. Yet, the search for her is still going on and her anonymity in the GDR does not last long. Several times the “legends” collapse and Rita, out of fear that her cover blows, has to give up the life that she has build up, detach herself from people and step by step from her ideals as well. After the fall of the Berlin Wall she has to flee for one last time ….

    Volker Schlöndorff on the opening sequence (audio commentary)

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