Ready for Life

Original title: (Vorspiel)
GDR, 1987, 89 min, color
In German; English subtitles

Tom, a 17-year-old window design apprentice, dreams about true love. One day, a new girl from East Berlin moves to town. Tom has a crush on her and will do anything to impress her. When he finds out that she plans to become an actress, he even discovers the aspiration to perform himself. For a while, Tom is on cloud 9.


This poetic, sensitive and at times comical coming-of-age story portrays East German youth before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Contemporary critics described the film as “an encouragement for young people in discouraged times.”

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Ready for Life

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