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A German Youth

Une jeunesse allemande

Directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot
France, Switzerland, 2015


Germany, late 60s. The post-war generation revolts against their parents, disillusioned by anti-communist capitalism and a state in which they see fascist tendencies. This film follows the rise of The Red Army Faction, revolutionary terrorist group founded by Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof.

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A German Youth Directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot
One of the most invigorating films at the festival is Jean-Gabriel Périot’s A German Youth, which while ostensibly chronicling the rise and fall of the Baader-Meinhof Red Army Faction militant group through the 1960s and 1970s, ends up being a simultaneously rousing and depressing ode to the spirit of radicalism throughout Europe in the 60s, as relevant to Berlin in ’66 as it is to Paris in ’68.
April 07, 2016
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A German Youth remains a uniquely compelling look at an oft-simplified time in German history and forces audiences to grapple not only with the shift from protest group to violent organisation but also the means through which we engage with that kind of narrative.
August 20, 2015
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Without too much use of recorded voiceovers, the movie is a master class of editing when it comes down to presenting both facts and opinions at the same time just by juxtaposition of two different sources of information.
June 08, 2015
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