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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
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.