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Die innere Sicherheit

Christian Petzold Germany, 2000

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

Petzold delivers his first feature proper in such a way as to demonstrate great mastery of craft without particularly courting fanfare. It shows his strength and confidence. But also foregrounds the fundamental weakness that cannot help but call attention to itself: though the film is commendably shot and cut, its cold precision is also married to a story and characters that feel inert. Nice ending, though.