Die Reise (1986)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, West Germany  |  
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The German/Swiss The Journey (originally Die Reiss) is an objective look at neo-Fascist terrorism. Markus Boysen plays a member of a terrorist gang who breaks away from the movement. He also "kidnaps" his son from the gang's commune, rather than have the boy raised to be a terrorist himself. In flashback, we see that Boysen was the son of a celebrated Nazi author, whose mansion was confiscated by the occupying American troops. It is to this same mansion, now boarded up and in disrepair, that Boysen escapes to with his son. The Journey ends with the suggestion that the child will be traumatically motivated to follow in the bloody footsteps of his father and grandfather.

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Fascism, father, mansion, Nazi, parent/child-relationship, terrorism