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  • The State I Am In

    The State I Am In

    ★★★

    Christian Petzold's look on the life of a couple of former left-wing terrorists and their teenage daughter reserves itself a harsh judgment and is more interested in the emotional state of it's protagonists, especially of the daughter (fantastically played by Julia Hummer).

    Petzold's ability to use German history as a backdrop to tell emotionally resonant, human stories was already a reason why his film "Phoenix" left such a deep impact on me. With "The State I Am In", he attempts…

  • The Memory of Justice

    The Memory of Justice

    ★★★★★

    Marcel Ophüls' epic 4,5 hour documentary about the trial at Nürnberg and the principles of justice that arose from the sentences is far from being overlong or sluggish in any way.

    The several conversations with prosecutors, war criminals, judges, students, artists and even Ophüls' own family are the heart of this film, which is supported with archive footage, needle drops and the cheeky humor that seems to be a Marcel Ophüls' original.

    He is also present in the conversations without…

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  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★★

    Niederschmetterndes Drama mit tiefgehenden Performances von Mads Mikkelsen und Thomas Bo Larsen - Vorsicht: Unwohlsein garantiert

    Die Geschichte um den Kindergärtner Lucas, der bezichtigt wird, sich an einem der Kinder vergriffen zu haben, ist schwer zu gucken und in ihrer Art und Weise so emotional komplex, da man die Reaktion jeder Figur nachvollziehen kann.

    Ich bin so froh, dass man sich für diese Ende entschieden hat, denn das alternative Ende auf der Blu-ray lässt jegliche Subtilität und Fingerspitzengefühl vermissen...

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★★

    A run-down warehouse, a deal gone sour, a bunch of well known actors, who try to shoot each other and Ben Wheatley behind the camera - GO!

    "Free Fire" feels like the child of "Reservoir Dogs" and "Smokin' Aces", while borrowing the contained setting from the former and the set of crazy characters from the latter. Cilian Murphy, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Co. give highly entertaining performances, while Sharlto Copley sticks out as the comedic MVP of the group,…