L’Affaire SK1 (2015) dir. Frederic Teller

The non-linear story line works well. It allows for the exploration and development of multiple characters – detective Franck Magne (Charlie) and defense lawyer Frederick Pons. We are equally invested in the sub plot of the moral issues Pons faces and works through (as a female) to defend the monster who has serially raped, tortured and…

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015) dir. Lars Kraume

  Burghart Klaussner (Fritz Bauer) may just be one of my favorite actors. It is not often I fall for a balding curmudgeon (see also Toni Servillo as Jep Gambardella in The Great Beauty) but Klaussner delivers a masterful performance as Attorney General Fritz Bauer who must surmount the odds in his quest to bring…

13 Minutes (2015) dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel

  This film is carried by the sheer magnetism of Christian Friedel. He is utterly believable as Georg Elser- skilled craftsmen, good-natured and passionate partner, patriotic German and almost-successful assassin of Hitler save for thirteen minutes. The movie brilliantly interposes scenes of Elser’s idyllic country life with his interrogation by Police Chief Arthur Nebe, a…