Two suitcases, a schoolbag, a cuddly toy – that’s all Nelly Senff and her son Alexej take with them to start their new life in the West. Set in East Germany, in the late 70s, three years after her boyfriend Wassailli’s apparent death, Nelly has decided to escape from behind the Berlin wall, leaving her traumatic memories behind. Pretending to marry a West German, she and her son cross the border. But soon her past starts to haunt her as the Allied Secret Service begin to question Wassilij's mysterious disappearance. Is he still alive? Was he a spy? Plagued by her past and fraught with paranoia, Nelly is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut.
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