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There's not much insight into the figures behind Germany's Red Army Faction from this flavourless movie

This is a severe, opaque, episodic movie from writer-director Andres Veiel about key players in Germany's terrorist group, the Red Army Faction, from the early 60s to its flame-out in the 70s; the film has the same slightly flavourless character as Uli Edel's 2008 film The Baader Meinhof Complex. The 29-year-old actor Lena Lauzemis brings her distinctively mannish, androgynous presence to the role of Gudrun Ennslin, the student-teacher-turned-radical who became the lover of Andreas Baader and was imprisoned for her role in fire-bomb attacks. August Diehl plays Bernward Vesper, the radical publisher who like the rest of his generation was grappling with rage and guilt about his forebears. (Vesper's father, the poet and author Will Vesper, was a Hitler loyalist, and in a scene from Bernward's childhood, we see Vesper Sr explain how cats »

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