Genre Guesstimation – Labyrinth of Lies (2014)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Jordan of Epileptic Moondancer.  He has chosen a genre that is well out of my own comfort zone but I am up for the challenge.  We will be reviewing our favorite Foreign Language Films From 2013-Present.

Great choice Jordan!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Foreign Language Films (2013-Present) …

lol“If you think this is all about who’s guilty, partly guilty or innocent, then you’ve learned nothing, nothing at all” – Fritz Bauer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jul 2016)

Brief Synopsis – In the late 1950’s a German prosecutor learns about what really transpired in the Death Camp of Auschwitz and decides to try and arrest the perpetrators who are moving around freely in Germany.

My Take on it – I had never heard of this film until my good friend SG suggested that I watch it for this series.

As soon as I read the premise, I knew that it would be a film that I should watch because it reveals so much about an unheard of subject.

The fact that people in Germany weren’t aware of what was happening all around is somewhat understandable, but the truth is that information was hidden from the younger generations so that they wouldn’t really be aware of what had transpired.

This film takes those secrets and displays them for all to see which is quite a brave and courageous thing to do.

National Pride on the one hand and National Disgrace on the other and it’s no wonder which side the government chose to side with from the start.

The fact that we are 70+ years after everything that happened gives us more perspective and it is so difficult to even try and fathom what atrocities were committed in the name of National Pride.

Bottom Line – Great film that really resonates with the powerful tale it tells.  It’s amazing how much was unknown to the public at the time and even up until this film came out.  Love how it raises the debate between National Pride and National Disgrace so emphatically.  So glad that this was recommended to me and it is one I plan to see again in the future because it is such an emotionally powerful story. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is based on the life of Fritz Bauer, Frankfurt’s attorney general, and of three prosecutors who were instrumental to the holding of the 1963 holding of the “Auschwitz trial”. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely! This was such a powerful movie and despite the fact that I had to read the subtitles, I was enthralled throughout.  Great subject that shows

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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