Hannah Arendt Reviews
While all around her are clambering to be told that he was the complete devil, she refers to him as a "nobody", a bureaucrat with not interest outside the operation of his department.
This leads to her most famous quote, that of "the banality of evil".
The film is unglamorous and straightforward.
It is unflattering and it remains in your mind.
The idea that ordinary people will simply do as they are told... just obey orders... especially if they have sworn to be part of an organisation (be it military, national or bureaucratic) is one that has become a major part of life through the second half of the 20th century and we still reap the results.
See the film. It is good to see such unflinching intelligence.
2012: New York Jewish Film Festival Official Selection
2013: Lola Award for Best Actress for Barbara Sukowa and Silver Lola for Best Film, Deutscher Filmpreis
2013: Guild Film Award-Gold from the Guild of German Art House Cinemas
2013: Audience Award for Best Narrative Film, Women + Film Voices Film Festival, Denver
2013: Best Actress for Barbara Sukowa, Bavarian Film Awards
2013: Best Actress nomination for Barbara Sukowa, European Film Awards