Paul Baumer and his friends Albert and Muller, egged on by romantic dreams of heroism, voluntarily enlist in the German army. Full of excitement and patriotic fervour, the boys enthusiastically march into a war they believe in. But once on the Western Front, they discover the soul-destroying horror of World War I.
In 1920s Berlin, Dr. Jakob Fabian, who works by day in advertising for a cigarette company and by night wanders the streets of the city, falls in love with an actress. As her career begins to blossom, prospects for his future begin to wane.
The GDR is still young, but Thomas Brasch already doesn't fit in. It is above all his father Horst who wants to help build the new German state. But Thomas, the eldest son, would rather become a writer. Thomas is a dreamer, an obsessive and a rebel. His very first play is banned and soon he is also expelled from film school ... (more)