August 1992, three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. An ordinary day in the life of three characters, before anti-immigrant riots in the city of Rostock climaxed in the so-called “Night of Fire”, when 3.000 neo-Nazis set a shelter housing 150 Vietnamese refugees ablaze.
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Especially visually, this is another strong film by Burhan Qurbani who surprised me with his film "Shahada" a couple years ago. I think "We are young. We are strong." doesn't quite reach the maturity Qurbani had shown with "Shahada", but it's nevertheless a strong film.
A two-dimensional examination of "Nazis" and "racism" where all the cringe-inducing stereotypical characters engage in corny dialogue and predictable situations. Offers no insight into the circumstances other than surface-level, knee-jerk nonsense - with characters who possess no arc to speak of. Points for some beautiful cinematography, but ultimately the unsure pace and generic vision takes over.
Chilling. It's a good film but I don't like that it looks like a Calvin Klein ad in the beginning and the actors all look like kids from the best families playing dress up. They're too clean, too fashionable, too polite, too quiet to play the 'real nazis'. Give them a few tracksuits, ill-fitting jeans, ugly trainers, bomber jackets and more cuss words. The director and the actors seem like typyical artsy bourgeoisie.