girls go missing 23 years apart to the day, the first we see brutally
raped and murdered by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen) while his companion Timo
(Wotan Wilki) watches in shock. Thus begins a singularly unsatisfying
psychological mystery, as the story picks up 23 years later after a
similar disappearance of a young girl in the same spot. There don’t seem
to be many normal people in this movie, as it concentrates on the
psychological makeups of everyone. One of the investigating detectives,
David (Sebastian Blomberg) is a weirdo who was recently widowed and is
goofy throughout the whole movie. Joined by Jana (Jule Boewe), his
pregnant colleague, they are helped by Krischan (Burghart Klaussner), a
retired detective of the first unresolved case.
movie has good and bad in it. The good is that it concentrates on the
victims’ parents parents (Katrin Sass gives a particularly good
performance as the mother of the first girl murdered, as do Karoline
Eicchorn and Roeland Wiesnekker as the parents of the second) and the
horror they have to endure, sadness that never leaves them. The bad is
that it concentrates on the victims’ parents and the horror they have to
endure, which makes for a terribly depressing two hours.
directed by Swiss-born Baran bo Odar in his debut, adapting the novel by
Jan Costen Wagner. Unfortunately, bo Odar needs a lesson in pace because
this drags on and on, moving slower than molasses. But he does get fine
performances from the entire cast.
murder mysteries treat the murder cavalierly without showing how
horrible the crime is and the effect that it has on survivors. Movies
made like that are often a pleasure to watch because they are exciting
and mysterious and the psychological and emotional effects of the murder
is a rare film that shows the murder and makes the audience feel the
pain. That’s all to the good. The problem is that one cannot say that
one has spent an entertaining two hours when leaving the theater after
watching this because it is so unremittingly depressing. In German.
Shows for one week at the Los Angeles Nuart starting March 8.