A-Z German film titles

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french a level, cinema, essay, summary

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This long, episodic film taces the life and times of a Jewish couple Walter, a lawyer and his wife Jettel who move to Kenya in 1938 to avoid persecution by the Nazis in Germany.  Jettel finds the transformation difficult whilst daughter Regina becomes immersed in the local culture.  The only other German around is Süsskind who has been in Africa a long time.

Following the outbreak of war the family is broken up with Walter joining the British army and Regina going off to boarding school in England.  Jettel finally gets to grips with African culture and takes over the farm which she manages competently.  At the end of the war the family reunites and must decide whether it is going to stay in Africa and continue where it left off or return to Germany where Walter has been offered a job as a judge.

Feelings run high and in the emotional last part of the film hard decisions have to be made.   

Beautiful cinematography and music make this a very watchable film even if it has been criticized for not having a traditional filmic structure.


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  • Detailed summary of film with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each scene
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives


  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech


  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay


  • Examplar scenes analysed
  • Scene analysis template


Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.


English subtitles

German collectors' edition with subtitles in German

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