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Das Ende der Wahrheit

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A shooting in an Arab pub. Nothing very noteworthy according to the police, but when federal intelligence agent Martin Behrens (Ronald Zehrfeld) finds out that his lover, investigative journalist Aurice Köhler (Antje Traue) is one of the victims, his ears prick up. Shortly before her death she told him about a hot item she was was involved in, hinted that it‘s a conspiracy that goes all the way up to the leaders of the federal agency. Philipp Leinemann‘s DAS ENDE DER WAHRHEIT begins like a classic spy thriller, like one of those American or French films, often from the 70s, where an agent or cop keeps going deeper into the mire of corruption, discovering more and more unbelievable conspiracies, until he ends up dead or doesn‘t know what to believe anymore.

Like in his previous film WIE WAREN KÖNIGE, Leinemann is focused on the shades of gray. Zehrfeld as well as his apparent antagonist in the secret service, playing by Alexander Fehling, are in a morally ambivalent field of interest where the truth isn‘t so clearly recognisable. In his best moments Leinemann succeeds in awakening memories of the great paranoid films of the 70s, he delves into arms deliveries in the (fictional) Central Asian region of Zahiristan, economic interests that don‘t always coincide with politics, and the questionable methods of the federal agency who try to get usable information from refugees promising them asylum while often sending them back to their home countries without protection. Even though these qualities aren‘t felt throughout the entire course of the film and it becomes clear that Leinemann had too little time and money at times, DAS ENDE DER WAHRHEIT is still a successful attempt at German genre cinema.

Michael Meyns (INDIEKINO BERLIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

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Deutschland 2019, 105 min
Genre: Thriller, Agentenfilm
Director: Philipp Leinemann
Author: Philipp Leinemann
Distributor: Prokino
Cast: Ronald Zehrfeld, Claudia Michelsen, Alexander Fehling, Axel Prahl, August Zirner, Antje Traue
FSK: 16
Release: 09.05.2019

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