Requiem for Dominic

This Austrian docudrama by Robert Dornhelm, shot only weeks after the events it shows, is a political thriller and a mystery story that has been compared to both Z and The Thin Blue Line, although one could also perhaps establish certain links with Medium Cool. The Romanian-born Dornhelm (played by cowriter Felix Mitterer) returns to his homeland to meet a childhood friend, only to discover that this friend is accused of being a terrorist who killed 80 of his colleagues. Costarring Viktoria Schubert as a journalist who proceeds to investigate what happened, this movie certainly gains in immediacy through its frequent cuts to documentary video footage of the real events, but also creates a certain zone of uneasiness (as do Z and The Thin Blue Line) in the halfway house it inhabits between straight reportage and entertainment (1990).

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