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Labyrinth of Lies (2014)

Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (original title)
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A story that exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.

Director:

Giulio Ricciarelli

Writers:

Elisabeth Burghardt (screenplay) (as Elisabeth Bartel), Giulio Ricciarelli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Fehling ... Johann Radmann
André Szymanski André Szymanski ... Thomas Gnielka
Friederike Becht ... Marlene Wondrak
Johannes Krisch ... Simon Kirsch
Johann von Bülow ... Staatsanwalt Haller
Robert Hunger-Bühler ... Oberstaatsanwalt Friedberg
Hansi Jochmann ... Schmittchen
Lukas Miko Lukas Miko ... Hermann Langbein
Gert Voss ... Generalstaatsanwalt Fritz Bauer
Tim Williams ... Major Parker
Mathis Reinhardt Mathis Reinhardt ... BKA Mann Fischer
Hartmut Volle Hartmut Volle ... Lehrer Alois Schulz
Werner Wölbern Werner Wölbern ... Hans Lichter
Timo Dierkes Timo Dierkes ... Peter Mertens
Michael Schernthaner Michael Schernthaner ... Alter BKA Mann
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Storyline

The year is 1958. The war has been over for thirteen years and the Federal Republic of Germany is not only recovering but even booming. But where are the Nazis? Who has ever heard of the death camps? It looks as if everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds in this land of milk and honey - At least, until the day journalist Thomas Gnielka reports on the recognition by a German-Jewish artist of a local schoolteacher, a former guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp - At least, until Johann Radmann, a young prosecutor, decides to investigate the case - Nobody knows it yet but this is the dawn of a new era. Even if the road to awareness will be long and rocky. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

In Germany, 15 years after World War II, one young man forces an entire country to face its past. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

6 November 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La conspiración del silencio See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,101, 4 October 2015

Gross USA:

$794,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,574,756
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Germany for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 88th Academy Awards in 2016. See more »

Goofs

The monopoly play used in the picture is a recent one. Houses and hotels would be in wood at that time; See more »

Quotes

Johann Radmann: ...the only response to Auschwitz is to do the right thing yourself.
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Soundtracks

Siebenmal in der Woche
Music by Erwin Halletz and lyrics by Hans Bradtke
Performed by Vico Torriani
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A new portrayal of a very important matter for Germany's and the world's history
27 March 2015 | by alexandraherbersdorfSee all my reviews

The English title "Labyrinth of Lies" should rather be a direct translation from the German title which is more among the lines "Labyrinth of Silence". And that's precisely what the main character is facing in his quest of uncovering the crimes Germany committed during WWII.

This film poses a not very often portrayed link in the chain of events during and following WWII. People in Germany are used to dealing openly with the crimes committed during WWII to the point where the time when it was not like that is barley remembered. It deals with the topic in a very non sensational way. Awful crimes are not portrayed too visually and yet the film manages to transmit the severity of those. It also explores the German people's psyche after the war and the motivation behind covering up what happened.

The cinematography is quite nice and the music fits the time and setting.

A downside to the film is its romantic relationship between the main character and his love interest. It was hard to connect to their relationship and to her. Her relevance for the story was not very clear as well. Also the screenplay felt off at times. Whenever a character had a monologue it was very catching and filled with emotions one could connect to. Unfortunately it failed in delivering meaningful conversations. They were most of the time superficial and felt stiff.

All in all it was a very interesting film with a relevant message but quite a few downsides in delivery. It feels like the big screen is a little too big for this film but it is quite a nice TV film and a good starter to get into post war history.


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