While Hannah Arendt is commendable work, Sukowa makes it a necessary sit, watching the actress slip into the skin of a thrillingly sophisticated woman, flawlessly communicating every single beat of her intellectual firepower.
Hannah Arendt succeeds at articulating the complex ideas that defined the subject's life, which makes the movie a lingering intellectual exercise as well as an eye-opening examination of 20th century thought.
While it could easily be shorter and move a bit faster, especially at the beginning, it appears to move at a speed that's true to the heroine's thought process...If this portrait is true to Arendt, then let it stand.
Veteran German director Margarethe von Trotta has perhaps her strongest film to date with Hannah Arendt, yet another of her works about historically important women. Also notable is the superb cast led by Barbara Sukowa.
The chick flick gets a magnificent makeover, so to speak, for something other than the usual sex and romance. Delving into the intellectual life of the defiant philosopher and provocative theorist of the 'banality of evil, as politically potent today.