(out of 5)
Superb epic drama about the Red Army Faction, a German terrorist cell formed by a left-wing activist and a journalist in the late sixties to combat American imperialism and the conservative politics of a nation that had still not fully recovered from World War II. The children born to immediate post-Nazi Germany have grown disillusioned with their nation and decide to do something about it, and in this mammoth in length but never less than absorbing film we watch as Moritz Bleibtreu and Martina Gedeck lead a group of youngsters into anarchy, only to see their organization become something beyond their control after they go to prison and their successors take their work to a new level. It’s an exhausting effort that might require more than one sitting to get all the way through, but so many sequences are pulled off with such incredible style and the performances so uniformly brilliant that you will be so glad you gave it a shot.
Directed by Uli Edel
Cinematography by Rainer Klausmann
Produced by Bernd Eichinger
Production Design by Bernd Lepel
Costume Design by Birgit Missal
Film Editing by Alexander Berner