The People vs. Fritz Bauer

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Released 2016

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Director:
Lars Kraume
Released:
2016
Rating:
R
Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there is little success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Due to his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and by doing so, commits treason. Bauer is not seeking revenge for the Holocaust - he is concerned with the German future.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Screen International Wendy Ide

    A solid, persuasively-acted account of the real-life mission to bring a Nazi war criminal to justice.

  • 60

    CineVue Matthew Anderson

    The pacing is methodical but breakthroughs in the case and anxious moments where all is feared lost generate real tension.

  • 38

    Slant Magazine Clayton Dillard

    Lars Kraume's tinkering with the historical record would be more welcome were he also shifting away from the standard biopic template.

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Documentary, Drama, Suspense