Set in Zurich in the 1950s, a special agent who is near retirement receives a major assignment: Bring down Harry Wind, a top PR manager who has been accused of spying.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Urs Rappold
Harry Wind
Thomas Douglas ...
Bundespolizist Koller
Susanne Abelein ...
Romy Hartmann
Markus Merz ...
Werner Eiselin
Peter Schröder ...
Bundespolizeichef Wagner
Vincent Leittersdorf ...
Kommandant Kurz
Chantal Le Moign ...
Urs Jucker ...
Vital Berger
Helmut Förnbacher ...
Korpskommandant Sturzenegger
Rahel Hubacher ...
Frau Eiselin
Martin Hug ...
Kantonspolizist Zaugg
Hans-Rudolf Twerenbold ...
Oliver Bürgin ...
Martin Engler ...
Reporter Luchsinger


Zurich, 1956: During the Cold War a compromising photograph exposes a Swiss star reporter as a Soviet spy. Unable to withstand the pressure, he commits suicide in the interrogation room. Special agent Rappold from the counter-espionage department is plagued by doubt: Were the photographs really genuine? And why did the influential PR advisor, Dr. Harry Wind, even have the photographs made? In a merciless cat and mouse game with Dr. Wind as a manipulative storyteller, Rappold realizes that he himself is part of a conspiracy. Written by Anonymous

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11 January 2013 (Poland)  »

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Das Verhör des Harry Wind  »

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Very bleak political thriller, not for everybody
2 December 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

And sadly, the includes me as well. "Manipulation" is a 90-minute Swiss thriller from 4 years ago directed by Pascal Verdosci. Don't mind the country of origin as you will perfectly understand the film if you speak German. No heavy Swiss accent in here. The film is mostly a Brandauer one-man show and one of his most recent films. I am not entirely sure if Sebastian Koch ("Das Leben der Anderen") is supporting or co-lead, but he plays the second major character. This is not really based on actual events, but instead based on a novel. The ending is pretty good, but I am not sure if it's worth 80 minutes of waiting as I found none of the previous actions particularly thrilling or captivating. Maybe you need to be Swiss to love this one or maybe you need to have read Diggelmann's book. I am neither. I'd only recommend this to the most hardcore fans of political thriller films. This is a very specific movie and it's sometimes so precise that it is actually difficult to understand the exact plot developments. Maybe an interest in Middle European, or even Swiss, history during the Cold War years might help. I personally won't watch it again and I did not find it memorable, even if Brandauer gave a good performance as usual. Thumbs down.

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