Soldier Lars Koch (Florian David Fitz) is on trial. He shot down a civilian plane that was abducted by terrorists who threatened to fly it into the next city which would have raised the death toll considerably. So Koch didn’t wait for orders, he decided on his own to shoot down the plane. Now the judge (Burghart Klaußner) and his jury have to decide whether Koch’s actions were justified. As Koch’s defendant (Lars Eidinger) and the district attorney (Martina Gedeck) make their cases, big philosophical questions arise.
Terror – Ihr Urteil was made for an audience that gets to play the part of the jury. So the people watching the film get to vote in the end whether Koch should be found guilty or innocent. Two endings were shot for the film and depending on the voting results, one of them is screened. I saw the film as part of a scientific conference that couched the film in a lot of interesting discussions (and was able to screen both endings). That conference also made it even clearer that Terror – Ihr Urteil is expertly made bullshit.
Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) works for German intelligence. His current obsession is proving that charitable muslim Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi) is not quite as good as people think he is. He sees his chance when a young Russian/Chechnyan fugitive arrives in Hamburg. Issa (Grigoriy Dobrygin) has experienced awful things but he also brings with him a huge inheritance from his politically less than sound father. But first Bachmann has to gain access to the money and connect it to Abdullah, all while the American intelligence and most of the German intelligence has different plans than him.
I knew that I couldn’t resist watching something with that cast, but honestly Corbijn and me, we’ll probably never hit it off. That is also the case in this film which was boring, confusing and generally frustrating.
Erik (Jürgen Vogel) leads a rather quiet life as a mechanic together with his girlfriend Julia (Petra Schmidt-Schaller) and her daughter. But then one day caravans arrive and with the caravans a bit of Erik’s past catches up with him in the form of Henry (Moritz Bleibtreu). Henry might not be entirely real but that doesn’t make him any less threatening to everything Erik has built up.
Stereo is an entertaining film with good pacing. I did have some issues with it – mainly its treatment of the Roma in the film and the misogynistic language sometimes used – but it was enjoyable enough that I didn’t even mind that I foresaw the biggest plot twist.
Robyn (Mia Wasikowska) dreams of getting away. And not just any kind of getting away but crossing the Australian desert with nothing but a couple of camels and her dog. But it is not easy to do that or to get any support from anyone from it, especially not as a young woman. But Robyn is persistent, manages to find her camels and funding (even if that funding means that she has to be confronted with photographer Rick (Adam Driver)) and is off across the desert.
Tracks tells an interesting story about an interesting woman. It has some pacing issues but it is good to watch.