If Not Us, Who? (2011)



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Bernward Vesper and fellow university student Gudrun Ensslin are dedicated to the power of the written word and between them, start a publishing house. Controversially, their first publication is by Bernward's ostracized father who has connections with the Nazi's. Bernward defends his father's writing but is suspecious himself about is father's past. Gudrun too finds herself suspicious of her own father's role in Hitler's Third Reich and soon they face a backlash for their publications. Soon their lives turn upside down and they find themselves in a struggle in their relationship and also their lives.


Alexander Fehling
as Andreas Baader
August Diehl
as Bernward Vesper
Rainer Bock
as Verteidiger
Susanne Lothar
as Ilse Ensslin
Lena Lauzemis
as Gudrun Ensslin
Thomas Thieme
as Will Vesper
Imogen Kogge
as Rose Vesper
Michael Wittenborn
as Helmut Ensslin
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Critic Reviews for If Not Us, Who?

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

For a film about revolutionaries, this plays it far too safe.

Feb 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A very welcome addition to the canon of radical-political biographies.

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an intelligent, complex, persuasive film...

Mar 4, 2012 | Full Review…

This is a shrewd two-pronged portrait of psychological unravelling against a vast political backdrop, with a daring, disturbing performance from Lauzemis.

Mar 2, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film effectively conveys the way in which key events from the Sixties radicalised them both and propelled Gudrun into the arms of charismatic activist Andreas Baader.

Mar 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Has the same slightly flavourless character as Uli Edel's 2008 film The Baader Meinhof Complex.

Mar 1, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for If Not Us, Who?

A tragic and moving film with great performances by August Diehl as Bernward Vesper and especially Lena Lauzemis as Gudrun Ensslin. Great score by Annette Focks.

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