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The Robber (German: Der Räuber) is a 2010 drama film directed by Benjamin Heisenberg. The film is based on a novel by the Austrian author Martin Prinz, and was shot on location in Vienna. The main character, Johann Rettenberger, is based on Austrian bank-robber and runner Johann Kastenberger. The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
We meet the robber in question, Hans, as he is released from prison following a sentence for a botched robbery attempt. As well as a robber of banks, and cars, Hans is a brilliant long distance runner, a quality that comes in hand when elopeing cops. Upon release he also enters a few tournaments and triumphs. But it's not enough. Hans is incapable of relaxing and can't stand quiet moments. So in between running, he starts robbing banks again.
He meets a woman from his past, and even when with her, he is incapable of relaxing. He spends an excrutiating evening at the cinema, and to get some sort of adrenaline back he insists on at…
A German crime drama based on the real-life Austrian marathon runner and bank robber Johann Rettenberger, is a nicely-photographed and fairly tense film but one that is almost indescribably cool and distant. Mostly because of the lead character (played by Andreas Lust), a private and reticent sociopath that we never really get to know. He is uncomfortable around people and speaks in monosylables, and even when he is doing something he presumably enjoys (running), we get no sense that he's anything but an automaton. As such, the film remains a simple chronicle of events, offering few insights and little emotional content.
Part of March around the world challenge 2015 Film #14: Germany
The great marathon runner Emil Zatopek said once at the starting line of a marathon: "men, today we die a little". And this film, based on the true events of an elite marathon runner and bank robber, captures the pain, agony, effort in the marathon race and bank robberies untils the collapse.
El gran corredor de maratons Emile Zatopek va dir una vegada a línea de sortida: "nois, avui morirem una mica". I aquest film, basat en els fets reals d'un corredor maratonià d'elit i atracador de bancs, captura el dolor, agonia, esforç en els curses de marató i en els atracaments fins a arribar al seu colapse.
Fascinante disgresión sobre el concepto de "escapar" en todas sus acepciones.
Part character study, part action film, The Robber builds a story around a simple premise based on a true story of an Austrian marathon runner who was also a bank robber. Stripping out extraneous detail and implying many of the connections between characters makes for a film that avoids easy explanations and shows us a person who excels at what he does and at little else.
Film molto godibile fatto di sguardi, espressioni e molta azione. Sempre in fuga, una continua corsa per un ex galeotto che non riesce a cambiare le proprie abitudini. Un personaggio enigmatico difficile da capire che commette crimini senza un particolare scopo. Un film criptato, ma molto adrenalinico.
Watched in August 2010
I went to this on a whim and I'm glad I did. The Robber is a tight and tension filled thriller based on real events of a convicted bank robber who released from prison goes on a new crime spree. The film is in a way quite quiet in that there is little dialogue, but we don't really need too much talk as we get enough visually.
Johann is neither a likable person nor is a crazed criminal psychopath which leads the viewer to a unusual predicament in that you start to almost barrack for him. He never hurts anyone, just robs banks and in the interim goes running in marathons. In his face…
A marathon runner who also robs banks is released from jail and immediately returns to a life of crime. He obsessively pursues both interests to the point of destroying his life. This film gives you so little background information on its subject that it essentially becomes a character study of a character with very few dimensions to him. It's an interesting enough film for what it is, but it's somewhat hampered by it's excessively narrow focus.
A couple well-played moments can't save this Austrian crime drama from its total cipher of a antagonist.
Beautifully shot and kind of unexpected. It builds quite slowly but then it won't stop, well yep it stops many times but you're already hooked. The camera work is amazing.
The Robber is about a runner fresh out of prison who now rob banks. And while that's true, the movie is more about why he robs banks. There isn't much action (until the end), and this isn't a heist movie. Most of the robberies are never shown at all, and of those that are, the film cuts to them already in progress, as if they are an afterthought.
Instead, many scenes feature "the robber" in motion. He seems obsessed with his heart rate and fitness, though this is never fully explained. In fact, most of the movie is observational. We witness some information and are left to ponder if or why it's important in the larger context of this man's…
¡Qué fácil es robar bancos en Austria! Todos calmados como buenos europeos y nadie hace nada. La movie empieza bien pero luego se va desmoronando como su protagonista. El final es bueno y emotivo.
Neo-noir about an Austrian long-distance runner who uses his athletic skills to commit daytime bank robberies. A thrilling well made film that could have been better with some character development.
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