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|Laufzeit:||[approx. 128 min.|
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1992: In a small village in East Germany two sisters have disappeared without a trace. The two commissioners Stein (Trystan Pütter) and Bach (Felix Kramer) are sent there to investigate the disappearance. Although children have disappeared from the village before, nobody in the village seems to be really interested in it. Wherever the commissioners look for clues, they encounter complete silence or monosyllabic answers that the girls are guaranteed to have run off to the West. But then the bodies of the sisters are found and the unequal investigators realize that they are dealing with a cruel series of murders. But now they can no longer count on help from the community…
With "Freies Land" director Christian Alvart returns atmospherically to his thriller "Antibodies", the film with which he celebrated his breakthrough as a filmmaker in 2005. However, his newest directing work is a bit more unwieldy, which might be because of the sad mood. After all, history is set at a time when hope for a golden future after reunification has given way to harsh reality. People in rural areas in particular feel abandoned, as more and more businesses are closing down and young people are moving to the big cities in the West.In this climate of anger, disappointment and mistrust, two very opposite commissioners - one who does not always take the law very seriously and who understands the people from the region and one from the big city, who often infuriates not only his colleagues. Alvart traces the investigations of the two very calmly and almost without action, which clearly distinguishes him from his last works, which also included the brute Til Schweiger TATORT missions. This is not necessarily easy to consume, but it must be seen as a very positive artistic development.
It is also praiseworthy that Alvart did not cast his film with the usual suspects, but rather with faces that are not quite so consumed. No Thalbach, Peschel or Finzi for once - that is really refreshing. Visually, the movie focuses on tristesse, which of course somehow pulls you down as a viewer. This also applies to the story itself, which is often more unpleasant than entertaining. Nonetheless, "Free Land" is a good and stirring thriller, that seems a bit tenacious here and there and is a little bit thick, but at the bottom line it more than deserves a "worth seeing" movie!
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