Fegefeuer (1971)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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This German language feature is a highly experimental and intellectual examination of the musings (told through flashbacks) of a young man sitting in a courtroom as the public prosecutor goes over his case in a desultory manner. A crisis of conscience has brought him to this point. Daniel Hartmann (Jost Vobeck) was at first just a witness, called to testify about the abduction of a political dissident by thugs from his native country. Then he became aware that the police were not really interested in solving the case, or helping the unfortunate political refugee. He acts independently to rescue the man, and winds up having to kill one of the abductors. Because the young man is just a private citizen, his actions result in his being brought to trial himself.

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politics, courtroom, kidnapping, killing, police, refugee, rescue, victim, witness