Der Räuber tells the story of a multitalented man: Johann Rettenberger is a successful marathon runner and a serial bank robber. Soberly and precisely he measures his heart rate, strain, stamina and efficiency – both during training runs and bank raids, from which, concealed beneath a ludicrous mask and armed with a pump gun, he takes flight from the police. He lives, undiscovered, with his girlfriend Erika in Vienna. However, his addiction to the passion, the kick, the exercise and the symmetry of the perfect robbery propels him to take off for a regular fix – as much as three times a day. When he is discovered, he bolts, as fast as his legs will carry him, from a massive police cavalcade. Somebody like Johann has no goal: he keeps on running because what he seeks is a pure and permanent state of motion. His flight forces him to press on and on – but he has no intention of ever arriving.
Benjamin Heisenberg’s current work, his second as a director after Schläfer, is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Martin Prinz which was based on real crimes committed in Austria. The film portrays its robber-protagonist as a top athlete and practitioner of his trade; an endorphin junkie, who is also both a lover and someone in search of freedom. Benjamin Heisenberg: “I see him as a kind of a natural phenomenon, driven by innate energy that forces him to take bank robbing and running to its limits. On the other hand, he also needs to live and to love and seeks an affectionate relationship – these are dramatic contradictions indeed.” —Berlinale
Benjamin Heisenberg (born 9 June 1974) is a German film director and screenwriter. He has directed seven films since 1996. His film Schläfer was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. His 2010 film, The Robber, was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. He is also the grandson of Nobel Prize winning physicist Werner Heisenberg via father Martin Heisenberg. —Wikipedia
A 3-star film with some gorgeous shots and fine acting though character development was lacking. Loved the last 20 minutes. Overall, likely to appeal mostly to runners and bank robbers. (Can you guess which I am?)
Really wished there was more character development in particular the relationship between the male and female leads but despite that the film has some great chase sequences.
"What makes Johann run — and rob?" asks Melissa Anderson in the Voice. "Benjamin Heisenberg's second feature is as taut, lean, and fleet
"Running a marathon gives most people enough of an adrenaline rush, but for the truly hardcore, why not rob banks as well?" asks Nicolas
Anyone looking for a running motif at this year's Berlinale didn't have to look far. Prisons. More to the point, men in prisons — or just