'The Wretched' is a musical drama based on the work of Robert Desnos. The film was directed by Timo Tjahjanto and stars Nikolai Burbanov, Anna Silkova, Jaap Van Rijmen, Gabriela Vilchis, and Joanna Juul. The story revolves around the characters who are living in the Stasi (East German State Security). As their own lives begin to unravel, they begin to question what they really think the state is for.
The Wretched plays out like a musical; though not a fully theatrical performance, it does have many well placed musical touches and melodies to break up its often intense scenes. Each character has his own character in the movie and plays a role to bring something new to the story. Most of the characters played by Joanna Juul are also played by Daniel Litvinenko in his original portrayal of the character. 'The Wretched' is also notable for including many Russian actors, which is an unusual move for most musicals.
The film does draw on some real life events in order to build the plot. Like the Stasi, the characters have their own reasons for being in the 'Sonderkommando'. In addition, the actions of the people around the characters changes as time passes by. The characters have several misunderstandings that occur as time passes by. These stories and situations are all portrayed in detail so as to make the story come alive and feel more real.
The Wretched was originally released in the musical comedy and has been revived again in the series of The Serie. The number "Jaap's Comet" is included in the first season and shows the characters leaving East Germany, after crossing the border, to re-enter West Germany. This is depicted in the movie in many different ways; however, the main point is to show how the characters were supposed to leave, but actually stayed. This is shown in the first episode where the actors portray themselves arriving from the west and entering East Germany.
The performance is done by several actors and actresses who portray their characters in this movie, but there are not many. Joanna Juul is played by Alexander Koreshkin who plays the role of Dan Karpman, Nikolai Burbanov is played by Natasha Grigorieva who plays the role of Sophie Lutsenko, Anna Silkova is played by Irina Yudina who plays Sophie and Jaap Van Rijmen is played by Henrik Clausen who plays Willem. All of these actors can be seen performing in various West German productions of the theater.
The Wretched is not a part of the full-length movie series The Serie. However, it was adapted into a four-part TV miniseries of the same name and aired in the late 1990s.
In real life, many different ideas were proposed to further the storyline of the film. These ideas were run by the directors of the movie, who then came up with their own version of the story. Due to this, there are different variations of the plot that each director took and adapted for the movie. With the acting talent from different countries, the story is made more vivid.
The Wretched Movie is a funny and realistic love story which has brought a real message about human morality. It is the best of what TV can do and it offers a great way to see a movie in the comforts of your home. The Wretched Movie has introduced many people to the world of musical theatre.