Otomo Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 14, 2001
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
December 8, 2001
Racial profiling is alive and well, not just in real life, but more and more at the movies.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 23, 2001
A riveting German film about the dehumanized treatment of refugees.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
November 7, 2001
A bleak and powerful work, one we probably need more than ever these days.
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 8, 2001
The messages about racism get a bit ham-handed, but the acting and sense of dread are powerful.
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
May 15, 2001
I was impressed by the decision to make Otomo a bit of an anti-hero, seeming aware that in desperate times, good people may say or do things outside the norm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
November 6, 2001
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.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
November 8, 2001
You do get a sense of a German society that is still amazingly bureaucratic and authoritarian.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 14, 2001
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.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001
Although Otomo is clearly intended for German audiences, the film nevertheless raises issues confronted by every Westernized nation.
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
May 13, 2003
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