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Die innere Sicherheit

Christian Petzold Germany, 2000

suede's rating of the film The State I Am In

5/10. Underwhelming, considering its glowing reception by German critics and its rank as Petzold's breakthrough film. For many "Berlin School" clichés, look no further: permanently gloomy faces, the looks of a 1980s TV film, and overlong takes. Most importantly in light of this tragedy's realistic pretensions, the law-enforcement material was BS. Never got the hype about Julia Hummer either—what a joke.