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|Laufzeit:||About 91 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The story of the terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, called Carlos the Jackal, has already been told extensively, most recently in Olivier Assayas' great thriller drama "Carlos the Jackal". Nora von Waldstätten also played a small role there as Magdalena Kopp, the woman who was married to the most wanted terrorist in the world. The filmmaker Nadav Schirman now wants to tell Kopp's story in "In the Darkroom", in which he approaches the subject not dramaturgically, but documentary. In long interviews with Kopp, whom Schirman filmed in an old Frankfurt cinema shortly before its demolition, he has the controversial woman present her view of things. This is filled with a lot of remorse, but also with a certain attitude of sacrifice, through which Kopp's statements sometimes lose a little credibility.
If the film were to concentrate entirely on the conversations with Magdalena Kopp, it would certainly not work after twenty minutes at the latest. As interesting as the approach may be, to learn at first hand about how a young woman can slide into a world of revolution, terror and crime and how difficult it is to get out again, Kopp does not offer really deep insights or new insights to the audience.
However, Schirman illuminates the events from another point of view, allows critical voices to speak. He also accompanies Rosa Kopp, the daughter of Magdalena and Sánchez, on her search for the truth about her parents, especially about her father, who is almost completely unknown to her. Rosa Kopp comes across as more sympathetic, honest and open-minded than her mother, and in the course of the film she becomes a kind of mouthpiece for the viewer. Her journey into the not always beautiful past of her family offers some really emotional moments, which are very good for the otherwise too dry documentary.
"In the Darkroom" is a very ambitious documentary, but unfortunately not as interesting and exciting as it would have been possible with this topic. Anyone hoping for new information about the man and terrorist Carlos or about the terrorist scene in Germany will certainly be disappointed, because what you learn here is already familiar from a new point of view. That's enough for a few very engaging moments, but not for 90 minutes that are consistently captivating. And so the bottom line is that there is only one: worth seeing with a few exceptions!
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