Transittraume (1986)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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In an entertaining though slightly uneven comedy drama that includes documentary clips, two young, look-alike women decide to change identities. That story has been done before, but in this case Anna is from East Germany and Marie is from West Germany. Humor takes over when the friends of the two women do not catch on to their switch. Marie discovers that Anna's apartment has Neanderthal plumbing. She also balances her hours at Anna's job in a garment factory by taking Anna's exam in a theater class. Marie (cum Anna) is acting in a Goethe play and basically wows her professional judges. No one knows that Anna is Marie, and Marie has a theater background. Meanwhile the real Anna gets to practice her tuba openly and freely in Marie's apartment, and she appreciates life with good plumbing. Interviews with two young twins and some documentary footage round out the story.