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Combat Girls (2011)

Kriegerin (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 19 January 2012 (Germany)
Marisa hates foreigners, and she finds them guilty of the decline of her country. But her convictions will slowly evolve when she accidentally meets a young Afghan refugee.

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David Wnendt

Writer:

David Wnendt (by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alina Levshin ... Marisa
Jella Haase ... Svenja
Sayed Ahmad Sayed Ahmad ... Rasul (as Sayed Ahmad Wasil Mrowat)
Gerdy Zint Gerdy Zint ... Sandro
Lukas Steltner Lukas Steltner ... Markus
Sven Splettstößer Sven Splettstößer ... Uwe Trinkhaus (as Sven Splettstösser)
Anne Laszus Anne Laszus ... Melanie
Elias Raudith Elias Raudith ... Benny
Winnie Böwe ... Andrea
Rosa Enskat Rosa Enskat ... Bea
Uwe Preuss ... Oliver
Najebullah Ahmadi Najebullah Ahmadi ... Jamil (as Najebullah 'Najeb' Ahmadi)
Klaus Manchen Klaus Manchen ... Großvater Franz
Falko Göthe Falko Göthe ... Buster
Maik Hennecke Maik Hennecke ... Mike
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Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to, where hate, violence, and heavy parties are the daily rules. When 14-year-old Svenja joins the group, Marisa appears like a role model to her: she fits the purest idea of a combat girl fighting for the group's ideology. But Marisa's convictions will slowly evolve when she accidentally meets a young Afghan refugee. Confronted to him, she will learn that the black and white principles of her gang are not the only way. Will Marisa ever be able to get out of this group? Written by David Wnendt

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Drama

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While working as a cashier and refusing to sell goods to the foreign boy, Marisa's wearing a band-aid over her tattooed swastika. In the next scene, she's wearing a T-Shirt. Cut to the next scene, no T-Shirt, and again, next scene, white T-Shirt again. See more »

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Features The Eternal Jew (1940) See more »

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Holocaust Reloaded
written & composed by Johannes Repka
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Deeply touching and painfully authentic
19 January 2012 | by denial-638-119600See all my reviews

I'm certain this is going to be Germany's nominee for the Oscars.

The auteur, David Wnendt, seems to have collected a lot of true stories and pieced them together into a fast-paced, very violent, often harrowing and quite unpredictable plot.

Most of you don't know the East German neo-nazi scene. You'll ask yourself if this is really how these people live and talk. Believe me, it is. This movie is so close to reality it often feels like a documentary. I expected to sit in the cinema nitpicking, counting mistakes. I found just one. (A license plate with an "88" in it. The German license plate office doesn't allow that.) All the actors are unknowns and few of them get to shine. All the adults in this story are wooden and almost all the teenagers are idiots. Their main job is to convey total ignorance about the extent of their ignorance. They do that well. Jella Haase is very good.

But Alina Levshin is the one who's superstar material. This is her movie, and it will be remembered as her breakthrough. Two of the movie's most memorable scenes are long uncut closeups of her face, not speaking, and they're some of the best acting I've seen, ever.

Do see it. Just don't expect to sleep easily the night after.


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Germany

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German | English | Dari

Release Date:

19 January 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

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$718,808
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Dolby Digital EX

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2.35 : 1
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