Plot[ edit ] In Berlin , after a woman he has spent the night with leaves his apartment abruptly after he has made her breakfast, Michael Berg watches a U-Bahn pass by, setting up a flashback to a tram in In the flashback, as a year-old boy, Michael David Kross feels sick while wandering the streets. Pausing nearby an apartment building he vomits. Hanna Schmitz Kate Winslet , a tram conductor returning home, cleans him up and helps him return home. Michael, diagnosed with scarlet fever , recuperates at home for three months, and once recovered, he visits Hanna with flowers to thank her. The year-old Hanna seduces him, and they begin an affair.
Plot[ edit ] East Germany in Barbara Nina Hoss is a physician who arrives for her first day at a small rural hospital near the Baltic Sea. The Stasi punishes her for the hours in which they cannot find her by searching her house, strip-searching and cavity-searching her. Reiser eventually tells her a story whose veracity she questions of how he too had lost his job at a more prestigious hospital in Berlin — he was responsible for an accident with an incubator that left two premature infants blind. The Stasi had agreed to keep it quiet if he agreed to relocate to the provincial hospital and to work for them. So now Reiser reports on suspected people, including Barbara. Early on, when the police deliver Stella, a young runaway from a labour camp, to the hospital for the fourth time, Reiser thinks Stella is malingering. Barbara intervenes and orders removal of the restraints on the patient, readily diagnosing her with meningitis.