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|Production country:||Deutschland 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 105 min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Martin Behrens (Ronald Zehrfeld), Central Asia expert at the Federal Intelligence Service, is firmly convinced that his work makes the world a bit safer. He simply has to accept that unattractive side effects can occur. But this attitude changes drastically when his secret girlfriend, the journalist Aurice Köhler (Antje Traue), is killed in an alleged terrorist attack on a Munich café. When Martin finds out which story Aurice had just researched, his doubts about the mission of the BND grow. The more he questions the methods of his superiors, the deeper he gets into a dangerous maelstrom of intrigues, abuse of power and corruption, in which the actual threat does not seem to come from outside…
With "The End of Truth" director Philipp Leinemann has staged a gripping political thriller that impressively proves that even without a lot of action and a mega-budget intelligent tension cinema can be staged with a high entertainment value. The really remarkable thing about it is that most of the time it's just talked about - and yet the whole thing never seems like a small TV production. The film plays in a league with international political thrillers, which is not only due to the atmospheric camera work, but also the clever staging, which is carried by a top-class ensemble.
Ronald Zehrfeld plays absolutely sovereign and convincing. Nevertheless, it is Alexander Fehling who stands out as a greasy BND agent. But also the other actresses and actors don't have to hide from the great performances of Zehrfeld and Fehling. They all manage to give the already interesting and multi-layered characters an additional depth.
Additional, some scenes are very dialog-heavy and stretch a little bit. And you have to follow the action very carefully in order to understand the complex story with all its twists and turns. But for this you are rewarded with a first-class thriller Made in Germany, which impressively shows that events from world affairs can be narrated not only in a hard to see cinema, but also as intelligent entertainment. Absolutely worth seeing!
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