#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Senator Isaak Kohler shoots and kills Professor Winter in a crowded restaurant, while Winter is dining with the struggling idealistic young lawyer, Felix Spat. Kohler puts up no defense and is sentenced to twenty years. Kohler then gets his daughter Helene to pay the reluctant Spat to reinvestigate the case, on the assumption that Kohler is innocent. The newspapers pick up on this and begin to question whether Kohler was wrongly convicted.
Plot: Senator Isaak Kohler shoots and kills Professor Winter in a crowded restaurant, while Winter is dining with the struggling idealistic young lawyer, Felix Spat. Kohler puts up no defense and is sentenced to twenty years. Kohler then gets his daughter Helene to pay the reluctant Spat to reinvestigate the case, on the assumption that Kohler is innocent. The newspapers pick up on this and begin to question whether Kohler was wrongly convicted.
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Pretty interesting for the most part, only weaknesses are in the middle
“Justiz” is a co-production between Germany and Switzerland from 1993, so this film has its 30th anniversary soon. Maybe it happened already depending on when you read this review of mine. The film runs for 105 minutes, so it is as close to the 1.5-hour mark as it is to the 2-hour mark or even closer to the 1.5-hour mark if we look really closely. But it’s not too important. This is neither a really long nor really short movie. This was Germany’s submission to the Oscars from its respective year, but it did not score the nomination. The Golden Globe nod, were it lost to an Asian movie, makes up for it though. And I am not sure I would have nominated the film myself. Need to see some of the other/actual nominees first I guess. It is an okay movie, but not great I would say. The language here is German of course and if you have seen some Swiss films, then you know how difficult it can be at times to understand Swiss German, but here it’s really not an issue at all. Very easy to understand in terms of the language. The director and also writer is Hans W. Geissendörfer and this Bavarian filmmaker will have his 80th birthday later this year. Very strange body of work. He has some fairly known films, but it seems his heart was always closest to working for “Lindenstraße” a really long-running German television series that ended in 2020 in fact, but from what I have seen never really managed to be better than soap opera level. Luckily, this movie here is better than that. But Geissendörfer also has more experienced and simply more talented cast members at his disposal here. Maybe the one main reason for me to watch this was the inclusion of Oscar winner Maximilian Schell. Like him a lot and I think he always has great screen presence. Maybe I should say “had”, but his movies live on. Definitely need to see more from him, so today was a good start for sure. Unfortunately, he was not featured as heavily in this film as you could guess from the poster here on imdb where he is all over it in terms of both photo and name too. There were long phases in this movie during which he was not a part of at all. You could say that with his lengthy absence in the middle part, where his character is in jail, he may even give a supporting performance only, even if he returns in the end with a bang and also early on he is featured a lot as well. So his character is definitely crucial for the story and everything and it would not work without him at all. It is just that he does not have too much screen time. The biggest lead in here is of course the young Thomas Heinze. I have seen recent stuff from him too, so I was a bit surprised that he is in this movie. Well, cannot be too generous here. Gently-speaking, he did not blow me away and I am not sure if he is good enough to be a lead actor in a film like this. Luckily, he did not share the screen too many times with Schell, otherwise the difference in talent would have become even more obvious. The biggest female character in here is played by Anna Thalbach and in terms of style and tone, this reminded me a bit of her mother’s Oscar-winning movie, even if the subject was entirely different. Still unreal how much she resembles her mother, now even more than in the early 90s. But man she was beautiful. Real stunner and I would have been perfectly fine with being the male protagonist in the pool table scene. There are other really familiar faces in here: von Borsody (more explicit than I expected), Bohm (a renowned filmmaker himself, reminded me a bit of Lee Strasberg in the second Godfather film), Semmelrogge (the father, not his untalented son) and Wiesnekker, even if his role is minimal. By the way, this film was on tonight on the occasions of Dürrenmatt’s 100th anniversary. This Swiss writer, which may explain the Swiss background of this movie at least a bit because I cannot really find other connections, of course came up with the original that Geissendörfer turned into a movie here when he adapted the book into the screenplay. The title is also a bit complicated: “Justiz” does not really mean “Justice” in the sense of “Gerechtigkeit”, at least the way we use it here in Germany, but it is a term for the entire judiciary branch you could say. If I am not mistaken.
Now, allow me to say a few words on the film itself in terms of the action and individual scenes. The first words from another character already make sure which connection we are heading here. He talks to Schell’s character after a game of pool and says that he is unbeatable basically, which is a bit of foreshadowing towards the end. Not much later, the film’s defining event takes place. We see a man enter a restaurant and out of nowhere kill another man with a whot to the forehead. There is a double-digit amount of witnesses in the room, so the protagonist is quickly arrested, ends up in front of a court and has to go to jail. However, even if everybody saw it, there are aspects that make it more complicated. No weapon is found. The accused does not confess and also there seems to be no motive whatsoever. At least to the general public. And honestly, if we hadn’t been in the room with everybody, but were somebody on the outside, then maybe we also would have doubts. The consequence is that eventually there is a retrial and he is acquitted. And when finally, another potential suspect commits suicide, the case is over and he is a free man. But of course he did it. There is no doubt to the viewer here. We also find out about the motivation in a personal letter. A most understandable motivation if you can call it that with what was done to his daughter. This letter is again a bit of foreshadowing because from the moment you find out about the lines, you literally wait for another crime to happen. And it does, namely to von Borsody’s character. And again, it is utterly bloody and gruesome what we witness there. They were not hiding anything, that much is safe, also very early on with the key murder. The only thing I wonder is how the little woman survived, the person of short stature if we are politically correct. But maybe I also did not pay ennough attention. This is really the kind of movie where you always have to be 100% focused really or you might miss crucial parts of the story. The best example is the really brief mention of the motive in the letter. Blink (or listen elsewhere for a second) and you miss that vital ingredient. Overall, it was a good film. In the middle part I thought it was weak at times, but at the very beginning, it felt very good at times, so I am going with the one in-between, i.e. 3 stars out of 5. By the way, Schell reminded me a bit of Pacino physically here. Probably just me. But also pay attention to how Schell’s character is really always in control and always really calm in contrast to everybody else. The best example is the man who spots him during the concert early on. Really a thankful role for Schell, one that maybe did not require a great deal of talent, but instead Schell mostly delivered with his aura, also during the very final scene and words he says after what was basically a reenactment of the tragedy early on. However, as you can also see from the really low amount of ratings here on imdb (150 right now), this is a film that is extremely difficult to find. So I am even more glad I got the chance to get a hand on it on this anniversary of Dürrenmatt’s birth. It is certainly a film that is underseen in my opinion. So if you are just as lucky to be in the position to watch it, then go for it. There are no major flaws here and it is 104 minutes worth spending. I give it a thumbs-up. Positively recommended.
Original Language de
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min)
Director Hans W. Geissendörfer
Writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Hans W. Geissendörfer
Actors Maximilian Schell, Thomas Heinze, Anna Thalbach
Country Germany, Switzerland
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Arri Contrast GmbH, München, Germany
Film Length 2,984 m, 3,045 m (Germany)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm