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Five years in jail are Ricky (Moritz Bleibtreu) enough. After his release, he wants to start all over again. But in order to fulfil his dream of a bar on the island of Cabrera, he urgently needs start-up capital. The hope that his buddy Latif (Kida Khodr Ramadan), for whom he had held the head after a failed robbery, can help him out, is quickly shattered. But there is one possibility: a seemingly foolproof assault during a drug deal. But quickly it comes to first problems. Latif is arrested shortly before the robbery and Ricky has to ask his brother Rafael (Edin Hasanovic) for help, whom he actually didn't want to drag into a business anymore. Then the brothers with the stolen drugs get into a police control and the situation threatens to escalate. Ricky could still bring the situation back under control if it weren't for his brother's unpredictable temperament and a young policewoman (Birgit Minichmayr) who, in order to save her daughter's life, develops a criminal energy that could become very dangerous for Ricky, Rafael and Latif&.hellip;
In his acclaimed debut film "Chiko", director Özgür Yildirim had very authentically traced the rise and fall of young drug dealers on the Hamburg Kiez in 2008. Also with "Only God can judge me" he goes back to the underworld, this time to Frankfurt. Even though at first it might seem that the gangster movie is a kind of thematic continuation of "Chiko", it soon becomes clear that "Only God can judge me" is much more than that. Of course, the movie lives from its atmosphere, which is not least created by the very well chosen locations. Yildirim does not show the beautiful high-gloss Frankfurt, but dark backyards and shady establishments, which represent a harsh contrast to the pretty skyline.
In this environment the story seems very realistic despite some small clichés. And that creates a thrilling tension that is maintained for almost the entire battery life. But what really makes the movie worth seeing is the multi-layered figure drawing. In the main characters, Yildirim blurs the boundaries between good and evil, right and wrong, time and again. On the one hand, there is the definitely criminal Ricky, whom the viewer nevertheless believes to be worthy of at least some of his motives and whom he somehow wishes to see a new beginning off the beaten track. On the other hand, there is the policewoman, driven by a personal fate to do something illegal. Their decisions are wrong and have extremely fatal consequences - but they are understandable. And it is precisely this that gives the story credibility, which in the end is primarily responsible for the positive overall impression.
Yildirim has engaged a really great ensemble for the gangster drama. Even though Moritz Bleibtreu is the actual leading actor, there is still enough room for the other actors to unfold and develop their characters. A good example of this is Franziska Wulf, who plays Rafael's fiancée Elena. In itself, her figure is a classic cliché role. But script, direction and play ensure that she can free herself from the genre-typical black-and-white painting and show very stirring facets. And that's exactly what applies to almost all characters.
"Only God can judge me" has a few smaller lengths and is of course not completely free of clichés. But all in all the movie has become a really good gangster movie with a relentless finale, of whose class there could be more in Germany. Absolutely worth seeing!
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