Otomo (2000)

Otomo

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Frieder Schlaich directs this horrific look at racism in modern Germany. Loosely based on a real-life incident that scandalized Stuttgart in 1989, the film recounts the final day of a Liberian political refugee. Otomo (Isaach de Bankole) cannot find even the most modest of jobs because of his race. Everyone from his fellow boarding house patrons to his fellow churchgoers treat him with contempt and disdain. His long-simmering rage boils over when he finds himself involved in a scuffle with a … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Frieder Schlaich, Klaus Pohl
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On DVD: Nov 28, 2006
Runtime:

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as Bar Maid

as Dorm Guard

as Young Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for Otomo

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

The film doesn't believe the police deserved to die (or that the ticket inspector should have been assaulted), but then again it doesn't believe a society should so treat a man that this is what he comes to do.

Full Review… | December 14, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
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Much of the sense of size in this account of an immigrant worker, who is only one among many thousands in Germany, comes from the performance by Isaach de Bankole.

November 14, 2001
The New Republic
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The messages about racism get a bit ham-handed, but the acting and sense of dread are powerful.

Full Review… | November 8, 2001
Newsday
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You do get a sense of a German society that is still amazingly bureaucratic and authoritarian.

November 8, 2001
New York Post
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A bleak and powerful work, one we probably need more than ever these days.

Full Review… | November 7, 2001
New York Times
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Documents the institutionalized racism and xenophobia that painted one man into a corner, while never excusing the terrible means by which he took his final escape.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001
Village Voice
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