Storm (Sturm)

2009

Storm (Sturm)

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A prosecutor at a tribunal in the Hague attempts to convince a potential witness to testify in a crucial case against the man accused of deporting and killing Bosnian-Muslim civilians in a small town now known as the Republika Srpska in this tense courtroom drama from director Hans-Christian Schmid. Hannah Maynard is determined to make Goran Duric pay for his crimes against humanity. Her case is complicated, however, when a key witness in the trial becomes ensnared by the contradictions of his own testimony. In order to gain a better understanding of the facts of the case, the court sends a delegation to Bosnia, where the suspicions regarding the reliability of the witness are quickly confirmed. When the witness commits suicide, it begins to appear as if Duric will walk free. Now, Hannah's last hope of keeping the case alive is to travel to the witnesses' funeral in Sarajevo. There, Hannah comes into contact with the witnesses' sister Mira, who seems to know more about the defendant than she readily admits. Hannah works hard to gain Mira's trust, eventually convincing the girl to face her fears of the past and testify in the Hague. When Duric's defense team attempts to have Mira's testimony disallowed and finds their efforts unexpectedly supported by the members of the judiciary, Hannah realizes that her greatest adversaries aren't necessarily at the docks, but standing right beside her in the courtroom every day. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Storm (Sturm)

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  • The rewards of this crisp, resigned drama revisiting the horrors of the Bosnian conflict are the same as its flaws.

    Mar 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Saved by the talent on display both in front of and behind the camera, Storm just about retains its title as an intense political thriller.

    Mar 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • Storm is harrowing, provocative and deeply probing yet quite involving.

    Nov 13, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A political thriller with real-world resonance.

    Oct 30, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • In this taut drama about the trial of a Bosnian Serb general from German director and co-writer Hans Christian Schmid, we see how justice can be subverted by interests as banal as international bureaucracy, despite the best intentions...

    Oct 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It may sound like a simple lawyer-fights-for-righteousness tale, but this ostensible thriller is really an examination of two courageous female protagonists, both of whom find defeat at the intersection of the personal and the political.

    Oct 28, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Grant

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Storm (Sturm)

  • Oct 13, 2010
    Good drama! Not terribly fast moving, but I tend to like that sometimes if the story is intriguing enough. The acting was very, very good. The storyline was very interesting. A lady prosecutor is hellbent on making a war criminal pay for his crimes. A witness is determined to make this same war criminal pay for the horrible things that he was responsible for by helping the prosecutor bring him to justice. All was well played out. I enjoyed it.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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