A German high school teacher sets up a class experiment to show the dangers of charismatic leadership and the strength of group identity, and how they can easily lead to fascism and autocracy. However, the movement takes on a life of its own and spins seriously out of control…
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Super film. J'en avais pas mal entendu parlé lors de sa sortie et je n'ai pas été déçu du tout. Les acteurs sont bons et la réalisation est de qualité. Dennis Gansel traite le sujet du fascisme avec délicatesse et naïveté, deux ingrédients qu'on ne s'attendrait pas à voir mêlés au totalitarisme, et pourtant... De nombreux paradoxes comme celui-ci sont illustrés dans le film. Film à voir !
I've seen it happen a lot, especially during highschool, when people are vulnerable and easily manipulated. None of us can deny the allure of Fascism's ideals like unity and strength but this film is an exceptional reminder of how bad things can turn when someone becomes a fanatic.
Two German Film awards (Best Film and Best Actor). Even if one quickly sees where the director is aiming at, it's always interesting to remember how thin our democratic skin is. The problem is that the people who really should see this movie won't. Recommended.
Very good film about the dangers and seductions of peer pressure and the ambiguous, contaminating allure of group identity. It's presented as a classroom experiment (gone wrong) about the possibility of fascism rising again. It is an absolutely relevant movie in these days of a Europe once again plagued by fascist movements and some outbreaks of neo-nazism. Interesting in a double session with Haneke's White Ribbon.