As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me

IMDb Rating 7.4 10 6


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December 28, 2020



Irina Pantaeva as Irina
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1.43 GB
German 2.0
23.976 fps
158 min
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German 2.0
23.976 fps
158 min
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Reviewed by tonyg34 10 / 10 / 10

A wonderful forgotten WWII morality tale from the German perspective

I had the great pleasure of seeing this film at the 2001 Houston Int'l film fest and spoke briefly with the director. This is an exceptional film both in terms of subject and technical production. For far too long the German heroes of world war two, ordinary family man who's lives were destroyed by Hitler's war machine as thoroughly as those the German's invaded, have been considered guilty by association. As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me, a film version of an equally excellent book, tells the true story of one man and his struggle both during the war and in a Russian concentration camp, and his ensuing decades long struggle to rejoin his family. While the film does stray from reality, it does so to great dramatic effect (the scene on the bridge). I have been pining for four years now to get my hands on a copy of this film for my home collection. If you ever get a chance to watch this film it is one of the best war films you will ever see.

Reviewed by Thusnelda 9 / 10 / 10

True Story - 3 years Odyssee across Asia

After WWII, in 1946, a German POW named Clemens Forell is sentenced by the Soviets to 25 years forced labor in east Siberia at Cape Deshnev. Unlike many others, he arrives alive. In Siberia, he has to work in a lead mine - poisoning the POWs with the effect of a terrible low life expectancy (if they did not starve before anyway). It is a desert full of ice - there are not even any guards needed to keep the prisoners from trying to flee. The German doctor of the labor camp helps Clemens to flee: He had already prepared his own flight, but unfortunately found out that he suffered from cancer due to the lead - he would not make it to Germany anyway. So, he urges Clemens to fee instead of him: "If you make it to Germany, please tell my wife that you've seen my grave - died in February. No, better tell her I died in May - thus she'll imagine the grave with flowers." In October 1949, Clemens starts his trip home from Siberia to Germany - more than 14.000 kilometers on his own very feet! After a series of breathtaking adventures, he finally arrives in his little home town in Bavaria and reunites with his wife and children. Too unbelievable a story? "We suspected him to be a spy and wanted to hang him. But - if he really was spy he would have invented a more plausible story, wouldn't he?" The thing is: It's a TRUE story. Josef Martin Bauer wrote the book with the same title as this movie in the 1950s after having a series of long interviews with Clemens Forell. It was a great success and became translated in 15 languages. In 1959, there was a Mini-Series on German TV. This movie here is the first version for the "big screen". "As Far As my Feet Will Carry Me" is really a movie worth seeing. It's very suspenseful like a thriller. And you can even get an insight into a topic quite rarely told in Western cinema: the many different peoples and landscapes in Siberia and Central Asia. As for landscapes: The late Pavel Lebechev (camera) does a great job showing the endless snow-covered width of Siberia - and (in contrast) the narrowness and confinement of the railway carriage during deportation. A movie worth to see. If you can't find the DVD, please at least read the book by Josef Martin Bauer: "As Far As my Feet Will Carry Me" - a true page-turner.

Reviewed by KissEnglishPasto 9 / 10 / 10

Tailor Made For "Truth is Stranger than Fiction" Lovers!

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA...and ORLANDO, FL Immediately after watching "So weit die Füße tragen" an inescapable question popped into my head: Why did it take nearly half a century for this movie to get made? If ever there was a film that serves as irrefutable proof of the old adage "Truth is Stranger than Fiction", believe me, "As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me" is it! Imagine trying to wrap your suspension of disbelief around all of the following elements: At the end of WWII, a German POW, Clemens Forell, is sent to a Siberian forced-labor camp, in the far northeast corner of the Soviet Union (Russia), only a few hundred miles west of Alaska. After years of the most inhumane treatment and paltry diet imaginable, Forell manages to escape with the aid of the camp Dr., his compatriot. Thusly, he becomes the most sought after fugitive in the Communist Bloc. His life-sustaining obsession: To reach his family in Germany, over 8,000 miles away, on foot! Now if this premise were presented as a work of fiction, it would seem so preposterous that, more than likely, it would have been laughed out of theaters. This film should appeal to several diverse groups: To those of you who seek out true stories; to fans of escape films; to those who enjoy Man vs. The Wild/Nature themes; to the fans of German and/or foreign cinema and to those with an interest in diverse cultures and film shoot locations. One thing that really impressed me; Most "True Stories", in recent years, stretch the truth quite a bit, for "dramatic impact"! It is obvious that this film refuses to compromise the truth. This apparent faithfulness to the original true story was influential in my decision to give it a 9* rating. By the way, very solid ensemble acting and some very beautiful exotic locations. 9* Stars ....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

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