The rise and fall of Germany’s notorious terrorist group, the Red Army Faction (RAF), a group of radicals who organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and ‘70s, bringing mayhem on postwar Germany. Based on Stefan Aust’s best-selling nonfiction book.
Countries worry about terrorism from the outside, but what about from within? Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this German drama documents a true story of home-grown radicalism. Pulse-pounding, chilling, and complex, a resonant modern epic for a divided age.
Excellent film, set in fascinating historical period of 60/70's. It's a film about passionate fight, people who actually were not afraid to fight for what they believed in, and how they eventually ended up estranged from most of the society. Exposes how the socialist revolution was in decline in late 70's and failed eventually in the 80s. I wish there a was better explanation of their political believes and motives.
Long as hell, but very well worth it. Some insight into terrorism and radical leftism in 60's and 70's Germany. I didn't even know what the Red Army Faction really was about until I saw this film. Moritz Bleibtreu, the actor who plays Andreas Baader, also plays Andreas in the film Munich which is about Black September, a group closely related to the Red Army Faction. Just watch it.
Brilliant! Excellent cinematography, fascinating archival images and the gesture to connect radical histories across the globe. I also appreciated how the German activists were presented with warts and all -- their racism and sexism. Brilliant film. Just brilliant.
Undeniably gripping and at moments quite powerful in terms of conveying the turbulence of the era, Edel's film avoids some of the Hollywood traps but not others. Thus, the frenetic pace and editing, punctuated by newsreel footage, give the impression of a shallow encyclopedic project. This limitation though along with some surface character analysis does not detract from fine acting (mainly Gedeck). Flawed but good.
RAF contre RFA : dans un match de longue haleine, truqué de longue date, perdant connu d'avance, il en résulte une médiocre oeuvre cinématographique qui a comme seul et unique mérite, de respecter l'historicité des faits. www.cinefiches.com