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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 112 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Long Fabian Groys (Florian David Fitz), a journalist at a political intelligence agency, has been working on a story about the Bundeswehr's dubious disability policy. But now, shortly before he has collected all the facts, his most important informant jumps off. So the story seems to be dead. The fact that the notorious loner Nadja (Lilith Stangenberg) is now also assigned an intern of all people increases his frustration even more. So he sets the young colleague on the lurid story of a man who has thrown himself into a lion enclosure. But to his surprise, behind the story, which sounds more like tabloid journalism, seems to hide an extremely explosive toxic waste scandal. Together, Fabian and Nadja take up the research and repeatedly encounter a wall of silence. But the more they break through the web of lies and corruption, the clearer it becomes that the story seems to be connected with Fabian's research within the Bundeswehr...
"Die Lügen der Sieger" by Christoph Hochhäusler leaves a somewhat ambivalent impression. On the one hand, the film's best moments are reminiscent of classic conspiracy thrillers like "Die Unbestechlichen", seasoned with a good portion of satirical bite. The movie is pleasantly evil and surprisingly funny in some scenes, whereas above all there is a very tense atmosphere. Although Fabian Groys is a very clichéd character with his arrogant manner and his self-destructive addiction to gambling, it is Florian David Fitz's captivating portrayal that makes him a very interesting character to follow in her research.
It is all the more disappointing that Lilith Stangenberg, a partner whose way of playing doesn't match Florian David Fitz's way of playing, has been placed at his side. Stangenberg played at the Schauspielhaus Zurich for several years and has been a member of the Berliner Volksbühne's permanent ensemble since 2012. That she has talent cannot be denied for this reason alone. But what seems powerful and impressive on the theater stage doesn't necessarily work on the big screen. With a frozen facial expression that fights successfully against any display of emotion, Stangenberg's game seems extremely undercooled and almost bored. It's not really surprising that there is no chemistry between her and the much more dynamic Florian David Fitz, but it's a shame.
Another problem is the end. Here, skyscrapers fail to make a lasting impression. A closer look reveals the intention behind the final minutes. But the first impression radiates a disappointing irrelevance, which has a lasting effect on the overall impression. No question: "The Lies of the Winners" is essentially a very good, cleverly constructed film that tells an exciting story. However, the implementation has to struggle with too many bulky aspects, some lengths and a not always satisfying structure of the dramaturgy, so that the well-deserved "Worth Seeing" only has a few small limitations at the end.
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