Kriegerin (Combat Girls) Reviews
"Kriegerin" is in the line of Russell Crowe´s excellent "Romper Stomper" from 1992 but with a female protagonist and with the hot current topic of right wing extremists in Germany. However, we see that as well in so many other countries today. This is a strong, well made and difficult movie to see. The world and mindset the main characters move around in are filled with self loathing and hatred and it´s hard to understand how one can hate so much. The topic needs to be communicated in as many ways as possible and this is a good channel. I recognised Alina Levshin from the TV mini series "Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter" and she does a fabulous job here as Marisa, for which she well deserved won the best actress awards at the Deutscher Filmpreis awards and the São Paulo International Film Festival. "Kriegerin" wants to show the black and white in life and the different sides of things. And how hatred leeds to nothingness and death in the worst case scenario. Watch it and contemplate.
The lead performance is decent as she trudges around fighting with everyone in a perpetual state of anger. She forms one decent relationship, that ultimately drives the film to is climax, and other that comes way too late to make any impact. The attempted message in these relationships, and the character studies within them, seem a little weak; with nothing really penetrating much further than just beneath the surface. Defiance against the state seems to be the characters main preoccupation, but we're never really given a full insight as to why these youngsters feel that this.
Fairly disappointing after what I was expecting. Not a completely bad film, but there are a butt-load of better films about Nazism and the Neo-Nazi movement out there.