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The only film directed by art cinema owner Andi Engel this deals with
the disillusionment of the 1968-1973 generation 20 years on, through
the medium of a thriller. Keller, an already somewhat embittered and
withdrawn former '70's radical, is called upon by his old comrades in a
Baader-Meinhof-type organisation to assassinate a South American
torturer who is on a visit to London. The film debates the use of
violence as a means to an end, from the perspective of different
individuals and generations. Largely shot on location in London, this
allows Krabbe centre stage and he gives the best performance I have
seen from him, as a man struggling with depression, disorientation and
the loss of ideals.
Engel also co-wrote the film, a very promising debut which for whatever reason he never followed up. Perhaps it's the only movie he had in him, if so he did well to quit while he was ahead with this excellent piece of work.
The title of this film does not do it justice. It is a gritty political thriller dealing with assassination. It examines the central characters motivations but does not offer any easy endings or comfort. Not much dialogue but what there is is taut, and a wealth of looks and gestures from the actors make it a riveting film . Well shot with some interesting locations. Contains violence and swearing. Not for those of a sensitive nature!
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