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The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son

102 minutes 2015

This regrettably titled international coproduction (2015) is not a sequel to Peter Greenaway's erotic art-house favorite The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) but a dour legal procedural about the war crimes trial of a Bosnian military commander at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Inspired by a true story, Bulgarian writer-director Iglika Triffonova brings an ostensible objectivity to the trial by alternating between the perspectives of the French prosecutor (veteran actress Romane Bohringer) and the Dutch defense attorney assigned to the case (Samuel Fröler). One admires her intent to do justice to the full complexity of the ethical and legal issues raised, but she fails to provide the dramatic tension necessary to make this compelling. Though Bohringer is a formidable screen presence, her performance is compromised by a shaky command of English, which she's required to speak at length. In English and subtitled Dutch and Bosnian.

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