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The Weekend

97 minutes 2012

After 18 years in a German prison, a former terrorist with the Red Army Faction (Sebastian Koch) wins an early release and reunites with his older sister (Barbara Auer); she organizes a weekend getaway with their friends and former comrades, but tensions escalate as he wonders aloud which of them might have ratted him out to the police back in the day. Much of this drama is given over to heated arguments in which the ex-con chides the others for having abandoned their far-left principles, and director Nina Grosse devotes pitifully little attention to style. This would be forgivable if the story unfolded in an intriguing manner, but Grosse, adapting a novel by Bernhard Schlink (The Reader), is more interested in melodramatic plot twists than in the conflict between 70s radicalism and contemporary complacency. In German with subtitles.

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