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102 minutes · 2013

A German soldier in Poland, accused by a woman of being the Nazi officer who murdered her child, is arrested and held in a derelict prison, where his attempts to clear his name are met with indignation by the guards as well as his fellow inmates. Frank Beyer (Jakob the Liar) directed this East German psychological drama (1983), whose original title, translating as Held for Questioning, seems more apt given the rigorous interrogation endured by the soldier. As Beyer subjects him to unrelenting physical and psychological torment—at one point he's almost buried alive in potato skins—a clear narrative goal never materializes. Through flimsy historical allegory, Beyer hints at concepts of guilt, accountability, and justice, but ultimately this is a simplistic exercise in extremism. In German and Polish with subtitles.

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