For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.Written by
When the police storm the West German embassy in Stockholm, they are wearing helmets with translucent plastic face protection. However, at the time the Swedish special police used helmets with bullet-proof metal masks, with a slim eye-slit (very much like a medieval helmet). Officers wearing these kinds of helmets are seen in the archive footage from the actual event shown earlier. See more »
a great film that never could have been made in America
I liked this film primarily of how much it seemed to buck the formulaic American plot system. Don't get me wrong some American movies are cool, but they mostly all adhere to the same boring standards.
This film was incredibly bleak and honest, which I respected very much. Also it required that you think for yourself and develop your own opinions.
The plot revolves around a group of young people who go out to try to make a difference and yet don't really accomplish anything at all. I can't give away too much but I thought this was just beautiful and complex film-making. Very intelligent, it never tried to be cute or force any ideas on you, it simply was.
I know this is a vague review, but if you feel like seeing an intelligent complex drama then you must see this. Go German cinema!
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