Der Pendler (1986)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland  |  
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This is the final film in a trilogy by Bernhard Giger that examines a man's struggle to find and defend his personal identity. In Winterstadt, a young wanderer discovers himself through his interactions with people in a small town, and in Der Gemeindeprasident, a mayor fights hard to maintain his personal and public ethical standards. Now in this drama, a young man vacillates between abiding the law and a life of crime. Tom (Andreas Loeffel) has been coerced into informing on his underworld buddies by a tough, aggressive police inspector (Bruno Ganz). Although he did not volunteer the information, Tom hides both his criminal past and current connections to the police from his girlfriend of the moment. His main concern is to live the best life he can regardless of what happens to others; he does not question his own identity as long as he has the amenities he wants.