(out of 5)
Fantastic film that works as an intellectual mystery. A high school student (Lena Stolze) decides to do a research project on the small town she lives in, focusing on the town’s participation in World War II when the country was under Nazi control. What she discovers are deep, dark secrets that no one in town will admit to or discuss, turning her simple project into a dangerous mission. The years go by and Stolze’s determination to find out the truth is unwavering despite the fact that the townspeople have begun to turn on her and her family in an effort to silence her once and for all. Michael Verhoeven does a fantastic job of bringing out the juicy, detective-style plot to the forefront without sacrificing the deep, probing issues that lurk closely beneath the surface.
Directed by Michael Verhoeven
Screenplay by Michael Verhoeven
Cinematography by Axel de Roche
Production Design by Hubert Popp
Costume Design by Ute Truthmann
Film Editing by Barbara Hennings