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Dr Chris Lange-Küttner's rating of the film Austerlitz

In this film, there is hardly anybody smiling. The selfies are taken with serious faces. They remind me when we photographed each other on Robben Islands Mandela’s prison cell, but he went on to become president. Nobody in Sachsenhausen did, and the people visiting feel and show this in their facial expressions. They wipe imaginary tears. They frown. They are curious, they listen to the explanations of their guides.