THE GERMAN LESSON

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THE GERMAN LESSON
Director: 
Christian Schwochow
Country: 
Germany
Year: 
2019
Runtime: 
125 minutes

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This is a cerebral piece of work which tackles some of the war's longer, lingering questions in Germany and beyond, made flesh by some wonderful performances...

Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

Siggi Jepsen is in Germany after the war in an institution for difficult to educate young people. He is to write an essay on the subject "The pleasures of duty", but has no idea. Only when he is locked in a cell the next day, the memories of his childhood during the Second World War break out of him: His father Jens Ole Jepsen, a police officer, was commissioned to professionally ban friendly expressionist painter Ludwig Nansen. At the time, Siggi was supposed to help his father with Nansen's surveillance, but eventually he rebelled against his father, sided with the recalcitrant Nansen, and hid some of the forbidden pictures. This led to his eventual stay in the asylum.