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A more-or-less successful thriller that can rely for tension on the shadowy setting of a society trying to hide from itself.
Klaussner's powerful performance as Bauer ... snaps the picture back into focus.
It's a compelling portrait both of Bauer and of a fraught moment in German history.
Kraume brings muted colors and a claustrophobic, urgent energy to the procedural part of this story, while reminding us that not every moral hero looks like Captain America - in fact, like Bauer, they can be a rumpled, misanthropic mess.
Klaussner's fine performance keeps us on edge through most of the film, even though we know the result.
What "The People vs. Fritz Bauer" does so well is distill large, complicated political issues into an intimate, personal story about one man's desire to bring not only justice, but catharsis to post-war Germany, mired in a fog of complacency.
Kraume deftly blends historical drama and a legal procedural with a noirish cold war era spy thriller elements in the highly entertaining The People vs. Fritz Bauer.
The result may not be highbrow experimental art cinema, but ... its explicit mission to tell Bauer's story to as many people as it can shouldn't be underrated in the current global political climate.
The film stupidly demands the younger man's sacrifice for Bauer's continued vigilance.
Director/co-writer Lars Kraume navigates this complex, fascinating story chronologically with his and Olivier Guez's screenplay a targeted indictment of post-WWII Nazis hiding in plain sight with each other's cooperation duplicity.
Somewhat conservative in its production crafts but alive with moral risk and ideological duplicity
... more compelling as a character study than a true-life historical saga.
Bauer's engagement in hunting down Nazis in the 1950s makes for a pretty interesting plot. Unfortunately, the delivery, especially by camerawork and music is sometimes closer to a TV movie than a motion picture. Same goes for some minor actors. The sleazy journalist or genderbending hooker feel entirely out of place in this story, even though they're probably based on true events. Still, a pretty interesting look at Germany at a time when the country wanted to move on but still had some leftover Nazis in their midst.
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