czech, slovak, and german film
Yeah, this is simply great. Being unfamiliar with the narrative ("The Postman...") gave an additional impact to every beat of the story. Every twist and turn felt proper, and even the foreshadowing wasn't enough to reveal the ironic ending to me. The three actors together were just excellent in their intensity, and felt very real, very imbalanced. What Petzold's done with this adaptation is ideal, culturally.
Petzold's coming of age drama channels the narrative of the revolutionary Germans well into their adulthood, only really broaching ideology once onscreen while countless close-calls see police appear out of thin air and arrest people seemingly at random. I'd call this post-9/11 fiction if it did actually release after the event, but it's timely in the sense that both English/German titles refer to the individual in a security state, something that grows even to this day. Julia Hummer impresses me…
"No one can be everything to someone."
"That's just it. No one was ever everything to me. That's what's so sad."
Probably one of the most audacious adaptations I've ever seen. It gives me the feeling of being way out of my depth, like I just saw something I shouldn't have at all. A mistake, but a miracle, that I chose to watch this today. Fragmented identity coupled with a well of trauma, a writer so enveloped in the complexity…