Nelly Senff escaped with her son Alexei to West Germany to start a new life. But soon her life is plagued by the West German Secret Service that seeks the truth about her past lover. She must face her past once more and keeps moving on with Alexei.
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"West" is an interesting film about a mother and her young son.Who after the death of her husband,decided to cross the Berlin Wall and move from East to West Germany.Set during the Cold War period of the 1970's,It effectively depicts the paranoia of the time.However,the problem is it doesn't know if its supposed to be an espionage film,or the story of a woman and her child,trying to fit into the unfamiliar West.
The solid acting is the films strong point but the storyline is it's weakness. It tries to do too much and loses itself in the espionage angle. Superb camerawork and the intense atmosphere of the Cold War East still makes this an interesting watch.